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Student Learning Outcomes Assessment: An Update

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Presented to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education on March 21, 2017

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Student Learning Outcomes Assessment: An Update

  1. 1. Board of Higher Education — March 21, 2017
  2. 2. 2 Learning Outcomes Assessment matters to… Students Faculty State Government / BHE Taxpayers Federal Government / Accreditors Employers Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Update Why Assess Learning Outcomes?
  3. 3. 3 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Update BHE Goals for 2016–17 1. Fostering a more integrated system of public higher education capable of responding to local & statewide needs 2. Elevating performance of public higher education 3. Developing better integration with P–12 & workforce sectors 4. Enhancing appreciation of higher education as a central asset & competitive advantage for state 5. Incubating innovation to ensure higher quality, better access, more affordability & alignment to needs of learners throughout life
  4. 4. 4 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Update Major Milestones to Date FY2010: DHE develops Vision Project including Student Learning focus January 2013: Task Force begins MA assessment pilot April 2011– present: Amcoa Team develops & strengthens campus-level assessment • Funded by Davis Educational Foundation thru FY2013, then by campuses March 2012: AAC&U accepts MA proposal for multi-state assessment model (MSC) December 2012: MSC launches (9 states) • Led by AAC&U & SHEEO, funded by Gates January 2014: MSC begins piloting MA model FY2015: MSC “Pilot Year” (9 states) • Report released September 2015 FY2016: MSC “Demonstration Year” (12 states) • Report released February 2017 FY2017: MSC “Refinement Year” (13 states)
  5. 5. 5 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Update From Campus to State to National Level of Assessment Amcoa Team Task Force on Statewide Assessment Multi-State Collaborative (MSC) CAMPUS LEVEL STATE LEVEL NATIONAL LEVEL Advances assessment of student learning on public campuses; strengthens campus assessment capabilities Provides broad oversight for statewide assessment in Massachusetts A steering committee represents Massachusetts in Multi-State Collaborative to develop multi-state program of assessment Need to build upon campus-level assessment Need for common framework & inclusive, shared leadership
  6. 6. 6  Scoring of authentic student work by faculty peers  Tool: LEAP VALUE Rubrics from Association of American Colleges & Universities  Assessing essential learning outcomes that all students need for success in work, citizenship, and life  Critical & Creative Thinking  Quantitative Literacy  Written & Oral Communication Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Update Common Framework
  7. 7. 7  Culture change across campuses  Building collaboration and equity  Minimizing duplication of effort  Supporting accreditation processes  Advancing institutional effectiveness  Co-creating knowledge Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Update Achievements to Date
  8. 8. 8 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Update Integration with MassTransfer English Sociology Still to be initiated for Spring 2017: Psychology In Progress: Chemistry (Organic) History Political Science Faculty Review: Biology Chemistry (General) Economics Completed:  Faculty developing shared learning outcomes for MassTransfer “A2B Mapped” disciplines
  9. 9. 9 13 States as of 2016-17 Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Update Multi-State Collaborative
  10. 10. 10 2015-16 Demonstration Year Faculty scored 840 pieces of work from students who had completed 45+ credit hours at 2-year institutions; 2,056 pieces of work from students who had completed 90+ credit hours at 4-year institutions Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Update Multi-State Collaborative Sample Results Distribution of Scores in “Evidence” Dimension of Critical Thinking Outcome
  11. 11. 11 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Update Future Goals • Institutional / program / course learning outcomes • Institutionalized assessment practices • Faculty professional development • Institutional effectiveness (e.g., accreditation) • Statewide data release • Integration with new Performance Measurement System • Continued MassTransfer Pathways integration • Regional professional development • Development of information resource hub • Expansion of Multi- State Collaborative
  12. 12. Discussion

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