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Transparency & Accountability: An Evaluation of the VSA College Portrait Pilot

March 2012

The Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) is a vehicle for public four-year universities to report comparable information about the undergraduate student experience via the College Portrait, a common web reporting template. NILOA evaluated the effectiveness of the student learning outcomes pilot project within the College Portrait resulting in this report: Transparency & Accountability: An Evaluation of the VSA College Portrait Pilot. The evaluation took place October 2011 through February 2012, drawing on a variety of data sources.

Transparency & Accountability: An Evaluation of the VSA College Portrait Pilot

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Please cite as: Jankowski, N. A., Ikenberry, S. O., Kinzie, J., Kuh, G. D., Shenoy, G. F., & Baker, G. R. (2012). Transparency & accountability: An evaluation of the VSA college portrait pilot. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).


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Lederman, D. (2013, May 6). Public university accountability 2.0. Inside Higher Ed.

Keller, C.M. (2014, September/October). Lessons from the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA): The Intersection of Collective Action & Public Policy. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Hutchings, P., Borin, P., Keesing-Styles, L., Martin, L., Michael, R., Scharff, L., Simkins, S., & Ismail, A. (2013). The scholarship of teaching and learning in an age of accountability: Building bridges. Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 1(2), 35-47.

Kuh, G. K. (2013). You don't have to be the smartest person in the room. Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 28, 1-45.

 

 

The findings from the NILOA report were used by the VSA to develop a framework for expanding student learning outcomes reporting options for participating institutions. A technical work group of assessment, institutional research, and measurement professionals discussed alternative measures, and the group's recommendations were considered and approved for adoption by the VSA Oversight Board. A summary of the newly approved measurement and reporting options, including the VALUE rubrics, is available on the VSA website. http://www.voluntarysystem.org/