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Key Initiatives In Student Learning

How do we know what college graduates have actually learned and are able to do? And equally important, how can we assess student learning in ways that help us improve teaching? Massachusetts seeks to answer these two questions through the following core goals:

Strengthen campus-level assessment of student learning

Advancing a Massachusetts Culture of Assessment (AMCOA) is led by a team of faculty and staff from each of the 28 undergraduate campuses, with a goal of helping every campus improve curriculum and learning through development of state-of-the-art programs of learning outcomes assessment. AMCOA was funded by the Davis Educational Foundation External link from May 2011 until May 2013, achieving unprecedented system-wide collaboration on learning outcomes during that time. It is now primarily supported by the campuses with moderate support from Davis for a technology pilot.

>> Learn more about Advancing a Massachusetts Culture of Assessment (AMCOA)

Find ways to compare student learning among institutions and states

Through its LEAP State Initiative External link with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Massachusetts is working to develop an assessment system that:

If successful, this work will enable states to use shared standards to compare their students' level of learning with other states. It is proceeding on two tracks:

>> Learn more about the Massachusetts LEAP State Initiative and Multistate Collaborative