Join AAC&U, SHEEO, and Taskstream for the third webinar in the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC)/VALUE Initiative series.

Unlike standardized tests or surveys, the MSC/VALUE Initiative is a cross-state, cross-institution assessment effort that relies on the collection and scoring of coursework as evidence of student learning.

Faculty at participating institutions were asked to identify assignments from their courses that could demonstrate student achievement of one of three learning outcomes: written communication, quantitative literacy, or critical thinking. In the pilot study, 7,215 pieces of authentic student work were collected and scored as the result of 1,166 different assignments from 59 two- and four-year institutions across 9 states.

The pilot demonstrated the feasibility of collecting a representative sample of student work across a wide range of assignments for scoring with standard rubrics. At a local level, many institutions are applying a similar methodology for the assessment of institutional and general education outcomes.

In this webinar, you will hear directly from faculty participating in the MSC about what worked and what didn’t when it came to identifying assignments and collecting student work samples at their institutions. The presenters will share insights on how courses and assignments were identified, along with examples of assignments that worked well, and how the lessons they learned through their participation in the MSC apply to similar assessment initiatives on individual campuses.



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Dave Switzer
St. Cloud State University
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Amy Coots
Vincennes University
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Jim Mulrooney
Central Connecticut State University
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Terrel Rhodes