Measuring students’ progress

Forty community colleges will test a new accountability system designed to measure students’ progress and completion rates. The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA), developed by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and College Board, ” is designed to provide accurate data, operational transparency and the ability for colleges to benchmark student progress and completion data against peer institutions,” reports Community College Times.

“Many traditional measures of institutional effectiveness don’t work well for community colleges,” said  AACC President Walter Bumphus. “For example, most are pegged to full-time students, and the majority of community college students attend part-time. Our overarching goal is to develop measures appropriate to our mission that clearly tell students and policy makers how we’re doing.”

If VFA proves its feasibility and usefulness, the nation’s 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges could begin adoption in early 2012.


POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON January 19, 2011

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