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Key Highlights

  • 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 allows users to build custom visualizations and graphical reports in just minutes and eliminates the need for institutions to spend days searching, downloading, integrating, and analyzing data.
  • Designed to bring flexibility to campus users, VSA Analytics offers more than 25 benchmarking reports based on a custom dataset that contains more than 350 variables from about 4,200 institutions.

VSA Analytics is a robust, interactive, and user-friendly platform for colleges and universities to compare and analyze key performance metrics across institutions. VSA Analytics allows users to build custom analytical and graphical reports with a custom platform in just minutes and eliminates the need to spend days searching, downloading, integrating, and analyzing data. Subscribers can add as many campus users as they would like and download the entire custom dataset. The VSA is supported by APLU and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Each interactive report offers a national profile of a population of institutions defined by the subscriber.  In addition, users may benchmark their institution against a custom comparison group and all reports can be downloaded and printed. VSA Analytics offers trend reports with 9 years of integrated national data and new data sources will be added in 2019.

  • Exclusive access to VSA Analytics – a suite of reports offering dynamic visualizations on more than two dozen performance indicators. Subscribers can create custom comparison groups and make side-by-side comparisons with peer institutions. All members of the campus community receive unlimited access to the site.
  • Exclusive access to the VSA Analytics National Dataset – National data sources have been compiled, cleaned, and merged into an institution-level dataset for analysis and reporting on more than 4,400 institutions. Sources include: The National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research & Development survey expenditures; the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), and the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.
  • Webinars and educational materials on how to use national data to support institutional and strategic planning.

For more information on the VSA Analytics program and participation guidelines, visit the VSA Analytics website at www.VsaAnalytics.org.

You may also contact executivedirector@vsaanalytics.org.

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