Southern Connecticut State University VSA College Portrait

The Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) is designed to improve public understanding of how public colleges and universities operate.

The College Portrait 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, families, policy-makers, campus faculty and staff, the general public, and other higher education stakeholders.

To see Southern's College Portrait, click on the College Portrait icon: 

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As part of Southern's participation in the VSA, we administer the Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus (CLA+) to  a sample of freshmen and seniors. The CLA+ is a performance-based assessment measuring skills such as  critical thinking; problem solving; scientific and quantitative reasoning; and writing effectiveness.