The VSA is a voluntary initiative for 4-year public colleges and universities. Developed through a partnership between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), the VSA is designed to help institutions meet the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate accountability and stewardship to public
  • Measure educational outcomes to identify effective educational practices
  • Assemble information that is accessible, understandable, and comparable

The College Portrait of VSA is designed to improve understanding of how public colleges and universities operate. It provides consistent, comparable, and transparent information on the characteristics of institutions and students, cost of attendance, student engagement with the learning process, and core educational outcomes. The information is intended for students, family, policy-makers, campus faculty and staff, the general public, and other higher education stakeholders.

The University of South Carolina Aiken presents its College Portrait to help current and future students and their families better understand the institution. We encourage you to compare our portrait with those of other institutions participating in this voluntary initiative, as a starting point to explore the higher educational opportunities available to you. To access the current College Portrait of the University of South Carolina Aiken, click on the College Portrait logo.

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