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Commission on future of higher education

“Lack of useful data and accountability hinder policymakers and the public from making informed decisions and prevents higher education from demonstrating its contribution to the public good.”

“. . .become more transparent about cost, price, and student success outcomes and … willingly share this information with students and families.”

Commission on Futureof Higher Education


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College Portrait: A Voluntary System of policymakers and the public from making informed decisions and prevents higher education from demonstrating its contribution to the public good.”AccountabilitySM


Undergraduate success progress rate
Undergraduate policymakers and the public from making informed decisions and prevents higher education from demonstrating its contribution to the public good.”Success& Progress Rate

Graduated from State U

Still Enrolled at State U

Graduated from Another Institution

Still Enrolled at Another Institution

An 85% four-year success rate means that 85% of students starting in Fall 2000 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

  • Counts for the Fall 200 entering class shown in the graph to the left

  • 4200 First-Time, Full-Time Students

  • 2500 Full-Time Transfer Students

Alternative to single graduation rate – shows student advancement through higher education system

Retention of Fall 2005 First-Time, Full-time Students

91%

Returned for Fall 2006

0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%

Data Source: National Student Clearinghouse


College cost calculator
College Cost Calculator policymakers and the public from making informed decisions and prevents higher education from demonstrating its contribution to the public good.”

The cost to attend AU varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

Click Here

To get a cost estimate for students like you!

Institutions can customize VSA calculator or usetheir own

Individualized estimate of net cost helps show that college is affordable

Data Sources: VSA Cost Calculator or Institution Calculator


Student Experiences policymakers and the public from making informed decisions and prevents higher education from demonstrating its contribution to the public good.”& Perceptions

p. 4

In addition, institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected questions from the 2005-06 College Senior Survey (CSS) from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of AU seniors who participated in the survey. NOTE: UNIVERSITIES MAY ALSO USE CSEQ, NSSE AND UCUES.

Group Learning Experiences

xx% of seniors have discussed course content with students outside of class.

Student Satisfaction

xx% of seniors are satisfied with overall college experience.

Active Learning Experiences

xx% of seniors have participated in an internship program.

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

xx% of seniors are satisfied with tutoring or other academic assistance.

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

xx% of seniors stated that their knowledge of people from different races/cultures is stronger since entering college.

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

xx% of seniors are satisfied with their ability to find a faculty or staff mentor.

Examples of selected questions from CSS for each construct


Student Learning policymakers and the public from making informed decisions and prevents higher education from demonstrating its contribution to the public good.”

Outcomes

Note: Universities may use CAAP, MAPP or CLA tests.

p. 5

Learning Gains Between Freshman Year and Senior Year

Critical Thinking

The increase in learning for the critical thinking module is <what would be expected> at an institution with students of similar academic abilities.

Writing Essay

The increase in learning for the writing essay is <what would be expected> at an institution with students of similar academic abilities.

Common methodology evaluates whether learning gains (value-added) at an institution are what would be expected given the academic abilities of its students.

Average Institutional Scores

Actual average scores demonstrate absolute learning gains between frosh and seniors

Freshman

Score

Senior

Score

44

65

Critical Thinking

Writing Essay

38

57

CAAP Score Range: 20 to 80


For further information and the complete vsa template
For Further Information and the Complete VSA Template: policymakers and the public from making informed decisions and prevents higher education from demonstrating its contribution to the public good.”

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