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.
Transparency and changing the conversation: The university provides sourced material that illustrates that the institution succeeds in maximizing taxpayer and student tuition dollars and in cultivating tremendous private-public partnerships. Comparison charts of all of Michigan’s public universities are provided on the website. The site also illustrates the economic impact of GVSU on the regional and state economy.
CASE cited the report as a best practice. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, in a speech he delivered in Grand Rapids, said the Accountability and Dashboard reports show Grand Valley to be a model of efficiency and transparency. Legislators and other leaders reference the report. The website and the data within have been cited by citizens writing letters to the editor in local and regional news outlets. Journalists comment on its usefulness.