Argosy University is a member institution of Transparency by Design. As a member, Argosy participates in quarterly “committee of the whole” meetings, pays annual dues, and has provided information to be posted on the College Choices for Adults website. College Choices for Adults is not a lead generations site, instead it is a place where adult learners who are seeking a program of study can go to compare and gather information about Transparency by Design member institutions.
About Transparency by Design
Transparency by Design is an initiative that has brought together a group of -accredited, adult-serving institutions which offer distance higher education programs. Participation offers an opportunity for transparency and accountability for member institutions. Member data is made available via the College Choices for Adults webpage.
College Choices for Adults, and the Transparency by Design initiative have three key differentiators from other college search sites or voluntary systems of accountability:
- We provide program-level learning outcomes (aka what students are expected to learn in each program of study), measures of those learning outcomes, and how well recent students have performed. This type of data is rarely shared publicly, but our partner institutions chose (completely voluntarily!) to share publicly on the web. This allows adult learners to align their personal and professional goals with educational opportunities which have matching program-level learning outcomes.
- All of the data on this site goes through a third-party quality assurance review by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). Other sites post data without any review by an outside party. Transparency by Design institutions voluntarily submit to this review to ensure quality data to help adults make their college choice.
- Institutions involved in Transparency by Design provide distance learning** options for adult learners*, thus our primary focus on adult learners. Other sites often focus on the priorities of traditional-aged students, such as campus life. College Choices for Adults concentrates on informing adults on how they can progress toward personal goals.
* enroll student 23 years and older.
**distance learning encompasses online, hybrid, competency-based and other flexible learning formats.
(above is from http://www.wcet.wiche.edu/advance/transparency-by-design)