The Multi-State Collaborative Initiative to Advance Quality Student Learning is designed to improve the quality of student learning by developing an approach for assessing learning outcomes that does not rely on standardized testing.  This approach relies on assessment linked to faculty instruction, actual curricula, and real student work by using the AAC&U VALUE LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes and VALUE rubrics as a common framework applied to students' authentic college work. The MSC is designed to produce data that allow faculty and institutional leaders to assess--and improve--the levels of student acheivement on a set of cross-cutting outcomes important for all disciplines.  We believe that by doing so, we will be able to effectively balance the two most important purposes for assessing student learning outcomes--improving the teaching and learning process at the classroom level, and demonstrating public accountability to higher education stakeholders.

 

Currently in its third year (Refinement Year), Missouri is one of twelve states participating in the MSC project sponsored by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) and the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U).  

 

This work is guided by the following set of principles: 

  • Any system of assessment should help build and support a culture of student learning that allows for assessment results to be used by each campus and by larger public systems for improving student learning and for program improvement.
  • Any statewide or campus plan for assessment should be based upon authentic student work and allow for the use of multiple measures of student learning--indirect, direct, and embedded--without a single mandated statewide test.
  • A common framework is needed for any credible statewide system of assessment and accountability. The AAC&U LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes and VALUE rubrics are a useful framework given their broad adiption nationally and their endorsement both within and outside of higher education institutions and systems.
  • Learning assessment approaches should involve an iterative process, and, as such, be viewed as works in progress across multiple courses, years of study, and institutions.
  • Assessment is most effective when it reflects an understanding of learning as multidimensional, integrated, and revealed in performance over time.

Refinement Year

Timeline

2016-2017

 

November 2016

Institution leads get sign-in credentials from Taskstream

October-November 13, 2016

Deadline for fall collection sampling plans to be submitted to Gloria at SHEEO office ([email protected]) and copy ([email protected])

November 2016

Fall collection sampling plans are reviewed by Sampling Plan Review Committee and returned to Gloria at SHEEO.  Gloria returns the reviewed plans to institution leads.

November-December 2016

Collection of artifacts for fall term

December 15, 2016 (maybe sooner)

Taskstream database open for uploading artifacts and demographic data

January 29, 2017

Spring collection sampling plans submitted to Gloria at SHEEO office ([email protected]) and copy ([email protected])

February 1-March 1, 2017

Spring collection sampling plans reviewed by Sampling Plan Review Committee and returned to Gloria at SHEEO.  Gloria returns the reviewed plans to institution leads.

March 23-25, 2017 (estimated)

Scorer training

May 25, 2017

Collection of artifacts/assignments ends. Uploading ends.

June 1-July 15, 2017

Scoring of all artifacts

August 1-30, 2017

Refinement year data analysis, release of data and reporting.

 

Resources

 

Upcoming Meetings/Conference Calls

You only need to attend one call per month.  The call-in number, agenda, and meeting materials will be sent in advance. 

  • November 1, 2016 at 3 p.m. (call)

  • November 4, 2016 at 10 a.m. (call)
  • December 2, 2016 at 10 a.m. (call)
  • December 6, 2016 at 3 p.m. (call)
  • January 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. (call)
  • January 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. (call)
  • February 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. (call)
  • February 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. (call)
  • March 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. (call)
  • March 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. (call)
  • April 4, 2017 at 3 p.m. (call)
  • April 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. (call)
  • May 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. (call)
  • May 5, 2017 at 10 a.m. (call)
  • June 2, 2017 at 10 a.m. (call)
  • June 6, 2017 at 3 p.m. (call)
  • July 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. (call) - This is the only call this month due to the holiday.

 

Questions?

Rusty Monhollon, PhD

Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs

[email protected]

 

Angelette Prichett, Research Associate for Academic Affairs

Project Coordinator, Multi-State Collaborative Initiative

[email protected]