Alma College Among 711 U-CAN Participants
U-CAN, a voluntary consumer information initiative that includes Alma College and is coordinated by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), has grown to 711 institutions.
Since NAICU unveiled U-CAN —
http://www.ucan-network.org — in September 2007 with 600 private
colleges and universities on board, the number of participating
institutions has grown by 19 percent.
NAICU has 953 member schools, which enroll 85 percent of all students attending private colleges and universities in America.
U-CAN, the acronym for University and College Accountability
Network, is a Web-based college search tool that gives students and
families comparative data to help them when making a decision on which
college to attend. Data include tuition trends, student costs broken
out by category, admission and graduation rates, average student aid
packages, average debt at graduation, and more.
With a design driven by consumer focus groups, the U-CAN site has been lauded by students, parents, college admissions counselors and policymakers for its rich and consumer-relevant information and colorful, user-friendly format. Since U-CAN went live, more than 358,000 users have visited the site, viewing more than 850,000 pages.
In mid-September 2008, NAICU will launch U-CAN 2.0. The improved
site will provide guidance on how to prepare academically and
financially for college, find the right fit, and navigate the
admissions and financial aid processes. NAICU is exploring the
development and addition of a new element that would allow consumers to
see how colleges are spending their tuition dollars.
NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher
education. Member institutions include traditional liberal arts
colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related
institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving
institutions, single-sex colleges, two-year colleges, and schools of
law, medicine, engineering, business, art, and other professions.
Posted: Fri, August 15th, 2008 at 9:49AM