In the fall of 2005, CPEC staff convened an Accountability Technical Advisory Committee (ATAC) with representatives from the public and private university systems, the community college system, the Department of Education, and education researchers. The purpose of this committee was to obtain feedback regarding the Commission's online data resources and the use of these resources in forming a statewide accountability framework for public higher education. Many of the ATAC members had participated in the writing of Senate Bill 1331 (Alpert), which proposed a statewide framework for higher education accountability. Although the bill was not signed into law, the research and discussions emanating from the effort led to the Commission's current efforts. This update summarizes the development of an accountability framework for higher education. It sets forth goals, performance measures, and a research outline generally agreed upon by the Accountability Advisory Committee.