The Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) communicates information on the undergraduate student experience through a common Web reporting template, the College Portrait. The VSA is a voluntary initiative for four-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:
College Portrait is the name of the Web template through which WMU and other participating institutions communicate their VSA data to the public. WMU's College Portrait provides consistent, comparable, and transparent information on the characteristics of the University and its students, cost of attendance, student engagement with the learning process, and core educational outcomes. The information is intended for students, families, policy-makers, campus faculty and staff, the general public, and other higher education stakeholders.
All participating institutions agree to implement the VSA in three phases, the last of which will occur by 2011. Although most College Portraits, including WMU's, will not be fully populated until then, plenty of useful information is already in place. And we'll be sure to add the new data as soon as they become available.