The Intersection of Collective Action and Public Policy, by Christine Keller, Executive Director of the VSA.
As the president of an association whose members have supported the call for accountability in higher education, the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) is of value to our members for several reasons... Continue to full article...
The Voluntary System of Accountability was born six years ago as a defensive act, seeking to demonstrate to politicians and critics that colleges and universities were willing to show the public how they were performing in key ways.
But the two college groups that created the VSA, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, are now revising it, in large part to encourage more public universities to participate.
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Data entry for the 2012-13 College Portraits is now open! New features for this year include:
· The Costs of Attendance and Financial Aid page has been re-worked to report data on institutional net price and financial aid from the IPEDS Student Financial Aid Survey (instead of the Common Data Set), along with the average indebtedness of graduates who borrow from the Common Data Set and an amortization calculation to show what the average monthly loan payment for that amount would be over 10 years at a 5.25% interest rate.
· Institutions that wish to display Success & Progress Rate charts and tables for additional groups of students, such as Veterans, First-generation students, or Pell recipients, can do so this year. You will be able to publish additional Success & Progress Rate charts and tables for institutionally-defined cohorts after first publishing your 2012-13 College Portrait. Each cohort will be displayed on a separate page that can be linked to from outside your College Portrait.
· Data entry is available for the newly expanded Student Learning Outcomes reporting options: CAAP, CLA, ETS Proficiency Profile, and the AAC&U VALUE rubrics for both value‐added and benchmarked administrations. Administration guidelines and reporting requirements for all options are available in the Participant Resources section of the College Portrait administrative site.
Only published 2011-12 College Portraits remain available on the public College Portrait website.
· The data entry pages for Student Learning Outcomes have been completely re-formatted to accommodate the new reporting options. If your institution has test results posted in the 2011-12 College Portrait, those test results will need to be re-entered in the new format to be published in the 2012-13 version. (Note the test results must be no more than 3 years older – e.g., from 2009-10 or later)
· If your institution did not have a published 2011-12 College Portrait by January 11 all unpublished or old data has been removed. To publish your 2012-13 College Portrait, you will need to re-enter all required data.
Thanks to your continued participation, the VSA College Portrait continues to be a valuable tool through which public institutions communicate key data on undergraduate educational effectiveness to outside stakeholders.
· Traffic to the College Portrait website is at an all-time high with over 1.5 million pages viewed in the last 6 months.
· The VSA and its participating institutions received national recognition for the VSA’s unique completion measure that provides a more accurate and comprehensive picture of student success across institutional boundaries.
If you have questions or concerns about publishing your 2012-13 College Portrait please contact the VSA Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administration guidelines for the expanded Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) Reporting options are now available on the VSA website! You can access the Administration Guidelines and reporting requirements for each of the SLO Reporting options using the links below:
The new reporting options will be available for the opening of the 2012-13 data cycle in January.
Please note the GRE is no longer one of the new reporting options. Regrettably, the GRE Board officially requested that GRE General Test scores be removed as an option for reporting Student Learning Outcomes on the College Portrait. You can view the letter conveying this decision on the VSA website. While we respectfully disagree with the decision of the GRE Board, we are complying with their request and GRE General Test scores will not be an acceptable SLO reporting option.
Reminder: NEW FOR 2012-13: Ability to Publish Additional Success & Progress Rate Cohorts!
Don’t forget that institutions can display Success & Progress Rate charts and tables for additional groups of students, such as Veterans, First-generation students, or Pell recipients, beginning next year. Each cohort will be displayed on a separate page that can be linked to from outside your College Portrait.
Key Dates for the 2012-13 College Portrait
· January 11, 2013 – 2011-12 data entry closes – no changes can be made to 2011-12 College Portraits after this date
· January 11, 2013 – Student Learning Outcomes Pilot Experiences Report deadline
· January 18, 2013 – 2012-13 data entry opens
· February 1, 2013 – VSA Participation Dues invoices sent; due March 1, 2013
· March 15, 2013 – Priority deadline to publish 2012-13 College Portrait
For the complete timeline for the 2012-13 College Portrait data entry cycle, please click here or check the Participant Resources section of the College Portrait Administrative site!
As always, if you have questions about the VSA or the College Portrait, don’t hesitate to contact us!
Christine M Keller, PhD
VSA Executive Director
The Summer 2012 Newsletter provides updates on the VSA Student Learning Outcomes pilot review and evaluation, expanded SLO reporting options, Google Analytics, and more.Read the Summer 2012 Newsletter!
Learn strategies to increase and monitor traffic to your College Portrait website! Led by Endai Worldwide, an independent google analytics consulting firm. Click here for the webinar recording!
We’re excited to announce that the VSA Board endorsed the core recommendations of the Student Learning Outcomes Technical Work Group during their May meeting. The options for the measurement and reporting of student learning outcomes within the VSA will be expanded in two primary areas.Click here to read the full details of the Board decisions!
The VSA Success and Progress Rate is featured on the new Chronicle of Higher Education College Completion website.
NILOA evaluated the effectiveness of the student learning outcomes pilot project within the College Portrait resulting in this report:Transparency & Accountability: An Evaluation of the VSA College Portrait Pilot. The evaluation took place October 2011 through February 2012, drawing on a variety of data sources.