Fairfield University joins national University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN) initiative

Officials at Fairfield University announced, Wednesday, that the institution is participating in a national initiative to provide comprehensive public information to help prospective students and their parents judge the quality of the education it offers.

Fairfield is one of more than 500 colleges and universities throughout the country to commit to a new, free, web-based project called the University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN).Sponsored by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, U-CAN is designed to give, in a common format, prospective students and their families concise, Web-based, consumer-friendly, searchable information on individual private colleges and universities. The U-CAN website http://www.ucan-network.org consists of institutional profiles that contain comparable data and hyperlinks to campus information.

Sections on the site will cover: information on distinguishing features, admissions, enrollment, academics, internships, career and placement services, student demographics, graduate rates, most common fields of study, transfer or credit policy, accreditation, faculty information, class size, tuition and fees trends, price of attendance, financial assistance, campus housing, student life, and campus safety.

Fairfield President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., said of the U-CAN initiative, "Selecting the right college is a challenging process and a significant investment. Fairfield University is committed to providing detailed, easily accessible and reliable information for our prospective students and their families. The new U-CAN Web site will be a valuable new tool and information source."

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Media Contact: Martha Milcarek, Asst. Vice President for Public Relations, (203) 254-4190

Posted on September 26, 2007

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