Development of VFA
AACC managed the VFA Steering Committee and Working Groups.
The VFA Steering Committee provided top-level oversight to the working groups and AACC as community college leadership set-out to define metrics and an accountability framework that were rigorous, useful, and appropriate for measuring our sector’s performance.
Four VFA Working Groups comprised of college presidents, accountability leaders, workforce development professionals, trustees, and institutional researchers--each led by a facilitator with experience in education consulting and communications—developed the VFA.
1. Student Progress and Outcomes: defining measures such as successful completion of developmental education; credit milestone progress and course success rates; percentage of students completing certificates and degrees, transfer, and a composite overall success rate.
2. Student Learning Outcomes: examining student learning outcomes and assessment practices across institutions to recommend ways for institutions to report learning outcomes.
3. Workforce, Economic, and Community Development: defining measures such as successful completion of noncredit and credit workforce programs, licensure exam pass rates, job placement rates; and contributions to local economic and community development needs.
4. Communications and College Engagement: preparing a strategic plan to achieve wide-spread, voluntary adoption of the VFA measures.