About Membership

VFA members get better measures and a significantly improved ability to assess their performance, identify areas for improvement, and demonstrate their commitment to the college's academic mission. Additionally, the VFA Data Tool gives members a multi-function system to collect, display, and benchmark data.

Membership Types

Your participation is critical. The more colleges that join, the stronger the community college voice will be.

  • College Member: a single, regionally accredited, predominantly associate degree-granting institution that will submit data and take part in the VFA data collection cycles.

  • Consortia Member: a type of membership for voluntary groups that serve or represent community colleges – e.g. an association, commission, or initiative –– to access VFA data of colleges with whom the entity has an established relationship and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) granting access to the college’s VFA data.

  • Multi-College Member: more than one college – e.g. a district or system office – that will submit data for each and all of its institutions.
    • If a centralized state office or system/district office is not becoming the VFA member and is not providing the data directly for the colleges within its district/system, then each college that wants to participate in the VFA should join as a College.

  • Supporting Member: a college, district, system office, association, commission, or initiative that may not be able at this time to fully participate in the VFA by submitting data – or that is not a college and does not have institutional data to submit – but that supports the VFA as the principle accountability system for community colleges.

How Membership Works

  • VFA membership is for the calendar year (January to December); however, for data collection purposes we open the membership sign-up and data collection tools in the preceding fall.
  • Member colleges receive access to the online data tool (data entry forms, data upload process), and data dashboard with benchmarking capability.
  • Sign-ups for Year Two open on October 1.


  • For current members, renewal notices will be sent in September.

 2015 VFA Dues

  College Members
  Adjusted Enrollment Band
    2015 Dues
     0 to 499
​     500 to 1,000        $1,300
​     1,001 to 3,000 ​       $1,600
​     3,001 to 5,000        $2,000
​     5,001 to 10,000        $2,400
     More than 10,000        $3,000
   Multi-College Members
Dues for each college are based on the enrollment size of each college.
  • Multi-college Members receive 10% off their dues.
  Supporting Members
  Consortia Members
        Determined by scope


  Early Bird Discount
All colleges that sign-up for the VFA prior to November 3, 2014, receive a 10% discount off their dues.

Dues are based on a three-year moving average calculation of adjusted enrollment data (based on IPEDS) to reduce variation in member dues during periods of significant enrollment change. Adjusted enrollment is calculated by adding full-time students to three-fourths the number of part-time students.


 2015 VFA Schedule


October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015 

  • October 1, 2014: Membership sign-up opens

  • November 3, 2014​: Data entry opens

  • February 20, 2015​: ​Primary membership sign-up period closes

  • March 20, 2015​: ​Deadline for data entry

  • March 21 to May 31, 201​5: Data review and approving period

  • June 1, 2015: Deadline for data approval & publishing

  • June 30, 2015: Data entry system closes

  • December 31, 2015: Membership year closes