SHEEO, AAC&U, and Taskstream Conclude Webinar Series Highlighting Emerging Practices and Key Learnings from Pilot Year of Multi-State Assessment Initiative

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The last webinar, today at 2:00pm EDT, will provide an update on the MSC/VALUE Initiative and discuss areas for future consideration and growth

– June 29, 2016 — Starting today at 2:00pm EDT, the State Higher Education Executive Officers association (SHEEO), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and Taskstream are collaboratively hosting the final webinar in a series of six events which has highlighted emerging practices and key learnings from the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC) and VALUE Initiative.

Today’s webinar, “A Look Ahead for the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment/VALUE Initiative,” will feature Julie Carnahan, Vice President at SHEEO and Project Director for the MSC, Terrel Rhodes, Vice President at AAC&U and Executive Director of VALUE, and Jeff Reid, Vice President of Product Management at Taskstream.  The three will provide an update on the MSC/VALUE Initiative and discuss progress made during the first two years of the project.  The presenters will also highlight some of their biggest learnings thus far and discuss areas for future consideration and growth within the project.

The MSC/VALUE Initiative has made significant strides advancing a model to scale the assessment of common student learning outcomes across institution and state lines based on authentic student work, representing a paradigm shift in cross-institution learning assessment.  The MSC webinar series was developed to create awareness and share lessons learned from the project with both participating campuses and those not in the project.

“We have been able to collect data on learning outcomes that has never been done in such a systemic way without relying on standardized tests,” said Carnahan.  “It is important to us that this work doesn’t happen in a vacuum – it’s meant to be shared and discussed so that we can all improve what we’re doing in order to better serve our students and institutions.”

Since the first webinar kicked off in March, individuals from more than 350 institutions spanning the United States and beyond have tuned in to view the webinars in this series.  The series has engaged nearly 1,000 individuals from institutions of all types: small, private liberal arts schools to large, public state universities, and everything in between.  The webinars have featured 14 different speakers – from practitioners in the field to state education commissioners and the President of SHEEO.

“We have heard a lot of positive stories from the institutions involved in the MSC and are particularly encouraged by how institutions are engaging faculty and looking at data across their communities to benefit their students,” said Rhodes.  “It’s exciting that people beyond our participating institutions/states are paying attention to what we have learned so far.”

Past webinars in the MSC/VALUE Initiative Webinar Series have included:

Registration for today’s webinar is still available until 2pm EDT today.  In addition, all of the recordings from past events are available on


About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,300 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size. For more information about AAC&U, visit



The State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) is the national association of state higher education leaders who serve statewide coordinating and governing boards or other state-level higher education agencies. Founded in 1954, SHEEO seeks to advance public policy and educational practices to achieve widespread access and successful participation in higher education at state and national levels. For more information about SHEEO, visit


About Taskstream:

Taskstream partners with institutions of higher education to improve student learning and institutional quality with proven, reliable, and user-friendly assessment management and e-portfolio solutions and supporting services. Since 2014, Taskstream has been the technical partner on the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment with AAC&U and SHEEO. Aqua by Taskstream, the technology trusted by the MSC, is also available for institutional use. For more information, visit



Terrel Rhodes                                     Julie Carnahan                                   Courtney Peagler
Vice President                                    Vice President                                    Vice President
AAC&U                                                 SHEEO                                                    Taskstream                           
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