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Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)

The VSA College Portrait is a tool for public institutions to demonstrate accountability and transparency, particularly in the areas of access, cost, student progress, and student outcomes.

VOLUNTARY SYSTEM OF ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM® (VSA)
 
The Voluntary System of Accountability Program® was created in 2007 through a partnership between the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). 275 institutions participate in the VSA - over 50% of the joint APLU and AASCU members. 
 
The VSA has three primary objectives: 
  • To provide a tool for public institutions to demonstrate accountability and transparency, particularly in the areas of access, cost, student progress, and student outcomes.
  • To provide a consumer information tool with clear, consistent, and comparable information on the undergraduate student experience through the College Portrait website.  
  • To support innovation in the measurement and reporting of educational outcomes and facilitate the identification and implementation of effective practices as part of institutional improvement efforts. 

More about the College Portrait. 

  • Recent Updates: Student Learning Outcomes and Success & Progress Rates Expansions

    The original objectives of the VSA for transparency and accountability in providing consumers unbiased information on the undergraduate learning experience remain the same, but as our public conversations have evolved, so has the College Portrait. 
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Institutions can select from eight student learning outcomes reporting options:  four instruments – ACT CAAP, CLA/CLA+, ETS Proficiency, and AAC&U VALUE rubrics for Critical Thinking and Written Communication – administered using either a value-added or senior-only benchmarked methodology.
    • Institutions can publish Success & Progress Rate charts and tables for additional, institutionally defined groups of students, such as Veterans, First-generation students, or Pell recipients. Each cohort will be displayed on a separate page that can be linked to from outside the College Portrait. In an era of increasingly mobile and diverse student populations, the Success & Progress Rate provides an accurate and complete measure of student progress toward a degree or credential across multiple institutions.

For more information on the VSA program and participation guidelines, visit the VSA website at www.voluntarysystem.org. Or contact Christine KellerTeri Hinds, or Nathalie Dwyer.

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