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UMFK'S DR. COST TO SERVE ON COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY TASK FORCE ON STUDENT AND FAMILY INFORMATION

February 12, 2007

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent President, Dr. Richard W. Cost, is among seventy-eight administrators from public colleges and universities across the nation selected to develop recommendations for a voluntary system of accountability.

The project is a joint effort of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

Dr. Cost will serve on a 12-member Task Force on Student and Family Information. He will chair a subcommittee on family financial information.

The Student and Family Information Task Force is charged to answer "What information would be most helpful to prospective students and their parents in deciding which university best fits their educational wants and needs." Among other things, this task force will address information related to costs of attendance, retention of students and graduation rate outcomes.

In 2006, NASULGC and AASCU consulted with various education officials, public policymakers and academic leaders on ways that public higher education can become more accountable to the public on learning outcomes and campus engagement while also providing additional information to students and families to aid them in the selection process. The result is the Voluntary System of Accountability Project.

During 2007, the participants will work as task forces and technical work groups developing a system of accountability that could be adopted at any public college or university.

The Task Force on Student and Family Information is expected to submit its final report by July 30.