Our Work

Using Data to Improve Student Success

Institutions’ use of more sophisticated data comes at a time when student bodies are continuing to evolve. Public universities are turning data into actionable information and tools to improve student decisions and outcomes.

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VSA Analytics

VSA Analytics is a robust, interactive, and user-friendly tool to support college and university leaders’ use of data in strategic planning and decision making. VSA Analytics offers dozens of flexible benchmarking reports based on a custom dataset of about 4,200 institutions.

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Student Achievement Measure (SAM)

The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) tracks students across postsecondary institutions to provide a more complete picture of undergraduate student progress and completion within the higher education system.

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College Transparency Act

For nearly a decade, APLU and public university community have led an effort to lift the ban on student-level data to give students, policymakers, and schools critical information on student outcomes to help shape their decision and work to improve outcomes.

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Excellence in Assessment Designations

The Excellence in Assessment designation recognizes exemplary colleges and universities that integrate assessment practices throughout the institution, provide evidence of student learning outcomes to stakeholders, and use these results to guide institutional decision-making.

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Degree Completion Award

APLU established the Degree Completion Award to identify and honor public universities using innovative strategies and initiatives to increase retention and graduation outcomes and close achievement gaps for all students.