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Projects & Initiatives

Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)

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Key Highlights

  • The new VSA is a robust, interactive, and user-friendly tool to support college and university leaders’ use of data in strategic planning and decision making.
     
  • The VSA 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, the VSA offers more than 25 benchmarking reports based on a custom dataset that contains more than 350 variables from about 4,200 institutions.


The VSA is a robust, interactive, and user-friendly platform for colleges and universities to compare and analyze key performance metrics across institutions. The VSA allows users to build custom analytical and graphical reports with the SAS-Visual Analytics 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).

VSA About PageDesigned by institutions for institutions, the VSA offers more than 25 benchmarking reports based on a custom national dataset containing more than 350 variables from roughly 4,200 institutions. Data include: enrollment, cost of attendance, graduation rate, R&D expenditures, financial aid, admissions, student-faculty ratio, Student Achievement Measure metrics and much, much more.

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. the VSA offers trend reports with 9 years of integrated national data and new data sources will be added in 2019.

  • VSA Subscriber Benefits
    • 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 National Dataset – National data sources have been compiled, cleaned, and merged into an institution-level dataset for analysis and reporting on more than 4,200 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 program and participation guidelines, visit the VSA website at www.voluntarysystem.org.

You may also contact executivedirector@voluntarysystem.org.