Washington, DC (Oct. 9, 2007) - All 28 Jesuit institutions in the U.S. have signed on to participate in the University and College Accountability (U-CAN) Initiative, sponsored by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). The goal of U-CAN is to "give, in a common format, prospective students and their families concise, Web-based consumer friendly information on individual private colleges and universities."
In development for over a year, U-CAN provides profiles of independent higher education institutions in a consistent, graphically appealing, and consumer-friendly way. The campaign, which consists of hundreds of institutional profiles that include comparable data and links to qualitative campus information, responds to Congress' and the U.S. Department of Education's call for more accountability and transparency among our nation's colleges and universities.
"The U-CAN website is an easy way for students and their families to access free consumer based college information that is easy to understand, said Denny Bardos, Dean of Enrollment Management at Wheeling Jesuit. I encourage high school students to take a look and explore the website or call our admissions office and we'd be happy to help.
In order to develop the format and content of the consumer information template, NAICU worked with focus groups of students and parents that provided feedback on the information they most needed to make an informed college choice.
"Jesuit colleges and universities are enthusiastic about participating in the U-CAN campaign because it gives them a way of presenting comprehensive institutional data to students and parents," said Fr. Charles Currie, S.J., President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). We want students to make informed decisions when choosing a college, and the U-CAN database offers them the valuable information in finding a college that is the right fit for them.
As of October 1, about 460 institutional profiles were featured on the U-CAN site. An additional 200 have signed up, and their profiles are expected to be published soon.
Wheeling Jesuit's web profile can be viewed by clicking here.