Pieper Selected for National Research Team

Sue Pieper, assessment specialist, was recently appointed to serve on the national Voluntary System of Accountability project (VSA). The VSA is a joint effort of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and will receive funding assistance from the Lumina Foundation.

The project was initiated in response to a need for greater accountability among higher education institutions. The purpose of the VSA is to develop recommendations for how this accountability can be accomplished through the comparison of these institutions.

The project will involve three task forces and two technical work groups. Pieper will be a member of the Technical Work Group on Student Growth Outcomes. She will collaborate with academic advisers, student affairs personnel, institutional researchers, counselors and communication specialists on developing a list of student growth domains that institutions should assess. This will aid schools in identifying appropriate assessment instruments and developing procedures for  administering assessments and reporting the results.

The Technical Work Group on Student Growth is scheduled to meet four times in the next seven months at the AASCU national office in Washington, D.C.

The recommendations will be completed by July 17 and sent to a commission of presidents who will make recommendations to the presidents of AASCU and the NASULGC.

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