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U-CAN Web Site designed to provide objective information for prospective students and their families
Bethlehem, Pa., September 26, 2007— Moravian College, along with other independent colleges and universities, have joined a national database launching today that will help students and parents choose higher education institutions that best fit their needs based on objective and comprehensive information typically not available in magazine college rankings.
Moravian College is one of 59 member institutions of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) who have joined with nearly 600 colleges and universities across the country, to provide a wide range of information about their schools to U-CAN, or the University & College Accountability Network.
The development of U-CAN is rooted in growing concern among American families, members of Congress, and the U.S. Department of Education about the need for better college consumer information. The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) led the development of U-CAN – www.ucan-network.org – which provides in a common format for prospective students and their families, concise Web-based consumer-friendly information, about individual private colleges and universities.
U-CAN consists of hundreds of institutional profiles that contain comparable data and targeted links to more detailed information available on each institution’s Web site. For ease of use, the profiles are displayed in a common template that NAICU developed, based on consumer feedback.
“Many people make use of the U.S. News and World Report college guide during the college search process and a number of us, who are college and university presidents, find this particular guide misleading," said Moravian College President Christopher M. Thomforde. “NAICU's initiative to provide reliable and accessible information about higher education institutions offers a valuable alternative. By providing relevant benchmark data, especially that focusing on learning outcomes, the U-CAN website is one of many tools that prospective students and their families can access to help find the institution that is right for them.”
Through focus groups conducted in cities across the nation, prospective students and parents from all backgrounds identified the critical information they need to make an informed college choice. Their comments shaped the format and content of the U-CAN site. U-CAN is free both to users and to the colleges and universities that choose to participate.
The in-depth information included in the college and university profiles covers admissions, enrollment, academics, student demographics, graduation rates, most common fields of study, transfer of credit policy, accreditation, faculty information, class size, tuition and fee trends, price of attendance, financial aid, campus housing, student life, and campus safety.
U-CAN also gives consumers easy access to information on average loans at graduation, undergraduate class-size breakdown, and net tuition for hundreds of colleges. This information, which comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s IPEDS survey and the Common Data Set, is often difficult for consumers to find and decipher.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu