In March 2012, AAC&U announced the launch of its LEAP States partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Education. The partnership is part of the state's ongoing Vision Project, through which leaders across the Massachusetts system of public colleges and universities are working collaboratively to achieve two goals: producing the best-educated citizenry and workforce in the nation, and achieving national leadership in research that drives economic development. Through LEAP States, Massachusetts will accelerate its efforts to demonstrate a better approach to assessing student learning.
More information on the Massachusetts LEAP States partnership can be found on the Massachusetts Department of Education website.
- In March 2012, the Massachusetts Board of Education announced that it would "develop a plan for incorporating a civic education and engagement key outcome" into the state higher-education system. Massachusetts will be one of only a few states nationwide to monitor levels of civic education and engagement along with more traditional metrics of success such as graduation rates. This initiative will be integrated into the Vision Project.
- In addition to becoming a LEAP partner state, Massachusetts also is one of nine states involved in AAC&U’s Quality Collaboratives initiative, funded with support from Lumina Foundation. Through that initiative, Massachusetts will work together with other participating states to develop consensus frameworks of learning outcomes—articulated in the recently released Degree Qualifications Profile—that chart levels of competence which every college student should achieve.
- Massachusetts's Working Group on Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment (WGSLOA) was formed in 2009 in an effort to better understand and demonstrate what students know and are able to do as a result of their college experiences. WGSLOA brought together faculty, administrators, and students from public colleges and universities to work on both campus and system levels. More information can be found here.
For more information about the Massachusetts LEAP Initiative, please contact Patricia Crosson, Senior Advisor for Academic Policy at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.