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Voluntary System of Accountability

Institutions participating in the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) project can use the SPSS syntax linked here to help them more quickly gather NSSE data needed to populate the VSA's College Portrait template.

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In 2011, The VSA mailed out over 16,000 promotional packets and new College Portrait posters to high school counselors across the country. You can find more information and download the flyer (PDF format) from the VSA Web site.

Related College Exploration Resources for Parents and Students

A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College: Questions to Ask on Your College Visits
Our newly revised pocket to college visits was created as part of an ongoing public awareness campaign to refocus the national conversation about what constitutes quality in the college experience. The NSSE pocket guide includes suggestions for questions to ask of key people that students and parents will meet - the tour guide, admissions staff, and currently enrolled students. A Spanish version is also available.
The Student Experience in Brief
Short sample report features primarily first-year student responses to NSSE items included in A Pocket Guide to Choosing a College.
USA TODAY Database
The USA Today College Education Web site initiative ended in 2011.