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Appalachian partners with College Portrait’s admissions accountability project

BOONE—Appalachian State University is one of 320 universities partnering with College PortraitTM to provide high school students, parents, guidance counselors and other stakeholders easy-to-use information regarding college costs, student experience and other basic information.

College PortraitTM is a product of the Voluntary System of AccountabilityTM project, a partnership between the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) with funding from Lumina Foundation for Education.

“The College PortraitTM places America’s four-year public colleges and universities at the forefront of the higher education accountability movement,” said Peter McPherson, president of NASULGC. “College PortraitTM is designed to be a trustworthy source of reliable data for prospective students, families, policymakers and the general public. It becomes the only voluntary accountability program that includes student learning outcomes and easily comparable information for a majority of the nation’s public four-year colleges and universities.”

“No one should be surprised that public higher education has taken the lead on accountability,” said Constantine W. (Deno) Curris, president of AASCU. “Our institutions have a long history of commitment to public accountability and learning outcomes. College PortraitTM is being unveiled at a time when severe financial constraints for both families and state governments increase our obligation to provide dependable, accurate information in keeping with our public trust.”

The information is available at and

The Web site provides an overview of the College PortraitTM report and an interactive map with links to all participating four-year public colleges and universities.

“The new website provides a convenient, single location for high school students, parents and others to learn how to use and where to find the College PortraitsTM,” said Christine Keller, executive director of VSATM.

Web site visitors can view a sample College PortraitTM, which includes descriptions and explanations of the data contained in each report. An interactive map allows users to easily locate participating colleges by state and includes links to each institution’s College PortraitTM, general Web site and an e-mail address to request admissions information.

College PortraitsTM are divided into three sections: Student and Family Information, Student Experiences and Perceptions, and Student Learning Outcomes.