In 2014, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), and nine states selected Taskstream to be the technical partner for the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning (MSC).
AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its more than 1,300 member institutions are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Visit aacu.org to learn more.
The national association of state higher education leaders who serve statewide coordinating and governing boards or other state-level higher education agencies, SHEEO seeks to advance public policy and educational practices to achieve widespread access and successful participation in higher education at state and national levels. Visit sheeo.org to learn more.
What is the MSC?
The MSC seeks to create a scalable way to assess essential knowledge and skills based on student coursework, rather than standardized tests or surveys.
Participating institutions collect samples of student work from existing course assignments, which they upload into Aqua by Taskstream. The system distributes the work to faculty at other institutions for scoring with the AAC&U VALUE rubrics.
The pilot year in 2015 included nearly 70 institutions in 9 states. In 2016, the MSC expanded to include 12 states and over 100 institutions. In the Refinement Year (2016-2017), the project includes 13 states: Connecticut, Indiana, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
Pilot participants in the MSC were among the first to use Aqua by Taskstream. Aqua acts as a central repository for the student work samples and offers a streamlined scoring experience for faculty trained to score the work using the AAC&U VALUE rubrics.
"Taskstream took any concerns about technology out of the scoring experience!"
"We appreciate that what Taskstream has designed will grow with the MSC as we expand and scale our work to include many more states and institutions. Our partnership with Taskstream is one we plan to continue for many years to come."
Julie Carnahan, Vice President of SHEEO and Project Director of the MSC
"I was pleased with the ease of using and dependability of Taskstream."