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Campus Joins University System in Providing Portrait of its Students

October 28, 2008

By Pamela McLaren

Cal State Fullerton has created a dedicated web site that provides data on student learning, student engagement, enrollment and graduation.

College Portrait is part of a systemwide effort and national initiative called the Voluntary System of Accountability.

“The VSA was designed to improve public understanding of how public colleges and universities operate. The portraits provide consistent, comparable and transparent information on the characteristics of institutions. Parents, students and other interested persons can lay portraits from universities around the country side by side to compare common threads of data,” said Edward Sullivan, acting assistant vice president for Institutional Research and Analytical Studies.

The information is intended for students, families, policy makers, campus faculty and staff members, the general public and other higher education stakeholders.

The Cal State Fullerton College Portrait provides information on the number, gender, race and age of the university’s student body, as well as statistics on how long it takes students to graduate.

There also is information on:

  • cost to attend CSUF and financial aid awarded to students
  • statistics on undergraduate admissions
  • classroom and campus environment (students per faculty, percentage of women, minority groups in the faculty, student housing)
  • student learning outcomes
  • number and type of degrees awarded and the high demand fields

To reach the site, go to Portraits for other colleges and universities can be seen at the College Portrait website.


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