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November 2007

In This Issue:

UW-L “College Portrait” for the Voluntary System of Accountability

UW-L is one of about 20 institutions piloting the “College Portrait” – a new voluntary system of accountability (VSA) for public colleges and universities developed by American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Land Grant Colleges and Universities. The College Portrait is a snapshot of data portrayed in a consistent manner across colleges relating to three major sections: student and family information, student experiences and perceptions, and student learning outcomes. The College Portrait template will debut at the November annual meetings of the two sponsoring organizations, and a future Provost’s Digest will include the link to UW-L’s college portrait.  

Institutional Researcher Teri Thill has been serving on the national workgroup that developed the VSA. Additional information can be found at ,, and

Advising Website Revamped

A team of academic advisors from the colleges and the Academic Advising Center have developed a new website to more easily guide students to help with advising. Guy Herling led the team and the results are available on the "Current Students" page or directly at

Faculty and staff may also find the website a valuable resource, particularly the "Overview of Advising at UW-L" page. The site includes easy links to the pages where students can request sample SNAP reports, browse profiles of the various academic majors or find their assigned academic advisor.

This newsletter is provided in the spirit of on-going communication. It is for informational purposes only and does not represent official policy statements or administrative positions.