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Accountability

Accountability Campaign Grand Valley State University Project Description: Grand Valley State University has found a comprehensive and effective way to illustrate how the university is a good steward of taxpayer, donor and student financial resources while achieving exceptional results. Government officials, journalists, donors and students benefit from the information.  The institution’s efforts began with an Accountability Report that was printed and posted online. It received national recognition from CASE as a best practice. The university has expanded from that to a full website, www.gvsu.edu/accountability, complete with a Dashboard report, a “cost reduction efforts” talking points card and six categories that illustrate Grand Valley’s resourcefulness and success.   Read more >>

Degree Attainment Efficiency Measure Purdue University Calumet Project Description: In order to compile a more complete picture of degree production at colleges and universities than is provided by the traditional, yet highly imperfect “six year graduation rate, a measure is needed that incorporates all graduates—not only those from the first-time, full-time cohort. Degree Attainment Efficiencyis a measure that includes all of the following student populations: full-time and part-time students, as well as those who attended a single institution, those who transferred in, those who began enrollment during any semester, and those who took more than six years to complete their baccalaureate degrees. Efficiency, as it relates to this measure, is defined as the number of graduates produced annually in relation to the size of the college or university’s undergraduate enrollment (FTE), indexed against a standard of perfect efficiency. A perfectly efficient baccalaureate degree granting college or university would admit 25% of its FTE each year and graduate 25% of its FTE each year. This idealized model is based on the recognition that typical baccalaureate degrees are created as four year plans of study. The Degree Attainment Efficiency Measure involves a simple calculation: (Degree Attainment Efficiency = [Graduates per year / undergraduate FTE] x 4). Applying this formula to Purdue University Calumet in 2010: Degree Attainment Efficiency = 55.9%, compared to a six-year graduation rate in the same year of 28%.This Degree Attainment Efficiency Measure provides an alternative, complementary metric that institutions can use to demonstrate productivity, accountability and the value of public investment in state postsecondary institutions. Read more >>