Outlook

Accountability: www.collegeportraits.org

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Prospective students, parents, policy makers and the general public can now compare student characteristics, costs, the student experience and learning outcomes of St. Cloud State against more than 300 public four-year colleges and universities across the country.

To make the comparison possible, the University partnered with the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), the only voluntary program that includes easily comparable information for a majority of the nation’s public four-year schools.

The VSA program addresses such issues as costs, degree offerings, living arrangements, student characteristics, graduation rates, transfer rates and post-graduate plans. The resulting College Portraits provide consistent, comparable and transparent information on the institutions, their students and their educational results.

An interactive map that allows users to locate participating colleges by state and includes links to each institution’s College Portrait is at www.collegeportraits.org .

“We’re accountable to the people who are paying for the education we provide, including students, parents, legislators and taxpayers,” said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III. “This voluntary system helps them evaluate how well we perform.”

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