About the College Portrait

The College Portrait was created as part of the Voluntary System of Accountability™ (VSA) - a program designed to provide greater accountability through accessible, transparent, and comparable information on public 4-year institutions of higher education.

Participation in the VSA is voluntary; however, over 275 institutions elected to join the VSA project and publish their information on the College Portrait website.

The VSA and College Portrait are sponsored by two nonprofit organizations in Washington DC – the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). More than 80 higher education leaders from 70 public institutions were involved in developing the College Portrait.

Participating institutions are encouraged to keep their College Portrait data up-to-date, so bookmark our site and check back often! 

Acknowledgements

The College Portrait is a product of the Voluntary System of Accountability and would not be possible without the support and contributions of the following organizations.

  • The Lumina Foundation for Education
  • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
  • American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • ACT
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Council for Aid to Education (CAE)
  • Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA
  • National Student Clearinghouse (NSC)
  • National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • The University of Texas System

For more information on the VSA project, please visit: www.voluntarysystem.org