Current VALUE Project: Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning and SHEEO

From 2014-2018, AAC&U was engaged in a phase of the VALUE initiative originally supported with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supporting the activities of the Multistate Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC) - a partnership among the State Higher Education Executive Officers' association (SHEEO) and twelve state higher education systems and 88 two- and four-year public campuses in those states.

The participating campuses agreed to collect samples of student work from students approaching completion of their academic programs; to submit them along with student demographic information to a nationwide VALUE database; and to have them evaluated by a group of faculty scorers using select VALUE rubrics, e.g. written communication, quantitative literacy, or critical thinking. Campuses received the results for their own students’ work so that they can compare it with their campus efforts to assess levels of student learning. Participating states are working with their respective campuses to fold these results into state level decision making and information about student achievement.

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MSC Data

On Solid Ground
In a report released on February 23, 2017, AAC&U shared the results from the first two years of data collection for the VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) initiative, a nationwide project that examines direct evidence of student learning.

Demonstration Year (2015-2016) Data
On December 7, 2016, initial data from the 2015-16 demonstration year was released. This page includes the slides and link to the webinar.

Pilot Year (2014-2015) Data
Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment Completes Pilot Study Gathering Data from 59 Institutions of Higher Education in Nine Public State Systems. This page includes the slides, link to the webinar, and other resources. See also the Pilot Year Press Release (2015) for more information.

About SHEEO and the MSC

With the active support of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), to date twelve states—Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Utah—agreed to collaborate in the development of a new approach for learning outcomes assessment—a model that is rooted in campus/system/state collaboration, in authentic student work, and in faculty curriculum development and teaching activity. The project builds on efforts in Massachusetts (as part of its Vision Project) and builds on the AAC&U LEAP initiative through which it led the faculty development of a common set of rubrics—VALUE Rubrics—to assess the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes and the framework for learning captured in the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP).

VALUE/MSC is an initiative designed to provide meaningful evidence about how well students are achieving important learning outcomes. The initiative foregrounds a distinctly different form of assessment than the traditional standardized test. Instead of producing reports about average scores on tests, the project is piloting the use of common rubrics applied by teams of faculty to student’ authentic college work—including such things as projects, papers, and research. VALUE/MSC is designed to produce valid data summarizing faculty judgments of students’ own work, and also seeks to aggregate results in a way that allows for benchmarking across institutions and states. The primary goal of the initiative is to provide actionable assessment data that will allow faculty and institution leaders to act to improve the levels of student achievement on a set of cross-cutting outcomes important for all disciplines. Second, to allow institutions to examine issues of equity among populations of their students to ensure quality educations for all students. And third, provide state policy and decision-makers evidence of student learning to inform policy and educational practice across states and their higher education systems.

Participating states and campuses:

Connecticut

Four Year

  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Southern Connecticut State University

Two Year

  • Manchester Community College
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College
  • Three Rivers Community College
  • Gateway Community College

Hawaii

Four Year

  • University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Indiana

Four Year

  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University Kokomo
  • Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Purdue University Northwest
  • Vincennes University

Two Year

  • Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

Kentucky

Four Year

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • University of Kentucky

Two Year

  • Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Maine

Four Year

  • University of Maine
  • University of Maine at Augusta
  • University of Maine at Machias
  • University of Maine Presque Isle

Two Year

  • Eastern Maine Community College

Massachusetts

Four Year

  • Fitchburg State University
  • Salem State University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester State University

Two Year

  • Bristol Community College
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
  • North Shore Community College
  • Northern Essex Community College

Minnesota

Four Year

  • St. Cloud State University

Two Year

  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Itasca Community College
  • Rochester Community and Technical College
  • Vermilion Community College

Missouri

Four Year

  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Lincoln University
  • Missouri Western State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Truman State University
  • University of Central Missouri

Two Year

  • Crowder College
  • State Fair Community College

Oregon

Four Year

  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Oregan State University
  • Southern Oregon University
  • University of Oregon
  • Western Oregon University

Two Year

  • Linn Benton Community College
  • Portland Community College
  • Southwest Oregon Community College

Rhode Island

Two Year

  • Community College of Rhode Island

Texas

Four Year

  • Sam Houston State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M Kingsville
  • Texas Women's University
  • University of Houston Downton
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Texis at El Paso

Two Year

  • Dallas County Community College District
  • Houston Community College
  • Vernon College
  • Weatherford College

Utah

Four Year

  • Dixie State University
  • Snow College

Virginia

Four Year

  • James Madison University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Viriginia State University
  • Virginia Tech

Two Year

  • Richard Bland College of William & Mary
  • Thomas Nelson Community College