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About VSA Analytics

VSA Analytics, co-sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), is a program, designed to support the data needs of higher education institutions and the use of national data to improve institutional outcomes.

The cost to subscribe to VSA Analytics is $2,000 per institution. APLU and AASCU members, as well as VFA participants receive a 50% discount. Each subscribing institution will assign a primary contact who can add additional users from their campus community at no additional cost. The VSA Analytics is open only to institutions of higher education.

VSA Analytics offers a broad set of products that provides institutions with visual analytics that inform decision-making and equips institutional leaders with the data to meet their strategic goals.

You can access VSA Analytics Frequently Asked Questions here.


The Data and Benchmarking Tool

  • Datasets:  cleaned and merged national dataset with data on all degree-granting U.S. institutions that participate in Title IV programs is available to participating institutions. The dataset currently has data from four sources: IPEDS surveys; Higher Education Research & Development survey (NSF); the College Scorecard, and the Student Achievement Measure (SAM). Datasets are available for download for subscribers only. 
  • Benchmarking Tool: The dynamic, interactive, analytical benchmarking tool delivers a suite of custom visualizations that give users the ability to create comparison groups and drill down into key performance measures.


Webinars are offered throughout the year to show you how to use the data, how to create comparison groups, how to create a custom benchmarking report, and how to download and print reports. 


Created in in 2006, the Voluntary System of Accountability, now known as VSA Analytics, brought national attention to the need for comparable and transparent information about institiutions of higher education.  To learn more, click here.


Individual user information is collected and maintained in a secure manner by two vendors - Thirdwave LLC and Precision Campus. Each has a privacy policy regarding personally identifiable information collected and used for access to VSA Analytics.  You can view their privacy policies here:  and Restrictions on the use of data are listed in the participation agreement: