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Nicholls featured on new, national web site

THIBODAUX – A detailed portrait of Nicholls State University, one of the first institutions of higher education to join the Voluntary System of Accountability initiative, can now be accessed on the VSA’s new College Portraits Web site at www.collegeportraits.org.

Featuring basic, comparable information about public colleges and institutions, the College Portraits were designed to be a nonbiased source of reliable data for prospective students.

“Nicholls is proud to be among the first universities to participate in this program and, most importantly, to display readily accessible information about the institution on the program’s web page,” said Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president.

“This is a special university in that every effort is made to personalize the experience each student receives. The College Portrait is just one more means to inform students and their families about this fine university.”

In March 2008, the University of Louisiana System, Nicholls’ governing body, was the first in the country to launch the portraits via individual university Web sites – posting detailed data on student progress, tuition, costs, degree offerings and campus safety. Now, with the new VSA web site, the data are all available in one location.

Funded by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, the VSA and College Portraits are sponsored by two nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C. – the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. More than 80 higher education leaders from 70 public institutions were involved in developing the program.In addition to the VSA Web site, the Nicholls College Portrait is accessible via the “About Nicholls” dropdown menu on the Nicholls home page.

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