The College Portrait is a source of basic, comparable information designed for anyone to learn more about public 4-year colleges and universities.
The College Portrait was created as part of the Voluntary System of Accountability™ (VSA) - a program designed to provide greater accountability through accessible, transparent, and comparable information on public 4-year institutions of higher education. Participation in the VSA is voluntary; however, over 260 institutions elected to join the VSA project and publish their information on the College Portrait website. The VSA and College Portrait are sponsored by two nonprofit organizations in Washington DC – the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). More than 80 higher education leaders from 70 public institutions were involved in developing the College Portrait.
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