Provost Dennis PontonDennis K. Ponton, Ph.D. Provost

Provost’s Corner

Buffalo State is one of a small group of colleges and universities participating in a pilot test of the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA). The Buffalo State information is accessible through www.buffalostate.edu by clicking on College Portrait, the VSA Web-reporting template (bottom right of page).

The VSA is a collaborative project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). Components of the VSA framework present transparent and consistent information regarding characteristics of participating public institutions, student engagement in learning, and core educational outcomes. Information presented in the VSA is designed to address calls for accountability in higher education and to expand understanding of public colleges and universities. All information is assembled from existing data elements. The VSA is not intended to serve as a marketing tool for colleges and universities or to replace campus individualized Web sites. More information on the VSA can be found at www.voluntarysystem.org.

I invite members of the campus community to visit the Buffalo State pilot VSA template and to direct comments or questions to me.