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 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:
- Demonstrate accountability and stewardship to public;
- Support institutions in the measurement of educational outcomes and facilitate the identification; and implementation of effective practices as part of institutional improvement efforts;
- Assemble and disseminate information that is transparent, comparable, and understandable; and
- Provide a useful tool for students during the college search process.
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. Information includes student and campus characteristics, cost of attendance, success and progress rates, campus safety, class size, student experiences on campus, and student learning outcomes.
UNCP has the distinction of being one of the first universities to sign up for participation in the VSA. Click on the words College Portrait of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (at the top of this page) or the College Portrait Early Adopter logo (on the right of this page) to go to the portrait for UNCP.
For more information on the Voluntary System of Accountability or College Portraits, click here.