The College Portrait is a compilation of information on the undergraduate student experience as reported using the common web reporting template created by The Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA). The College Portrait and the VSA are briefly described below. For more information, go to: http://www.voluntarysystem.org/docs/faq/Q&A.pdf
The VSA is a voluntary initiative for 4-year public colleges and universities. Developed through a partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), the VSA is designed to help institutions meet the following objectives:
The data elements included in College Portrait were identified and evaluated based on input from student/family focus groups, feedback from the higher education community, and research on higher education. The majority of the data elements selected are from currently available data sources with established definitions and reporting conventions, e.g., the Common Data Set.
For each VSA participating institution, the College Portrait reporting template is five pages in length and organized into three primary sections: 1) consumer information, 2) student experiences and perceptions, and 3) student learning outcomes. An Excel workbook is used to build the College Portrait. Data are entered into three worksheets and the College Portrait graphs and tables are automatically created through a visual basic macro. The generated worksheets are then converted to a pdf file and posted to the institution's website.
UNCP has the distinction of being one of the first universities to sign up for participation in the VSA. Click on the College Portrait Early Adopter logo to go to the portrait for UNCP.
Updated: Monday, October 18, 2010
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