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Strategic Initiatives

Advancing a Massachusetts Culture of Assessment (AMCOA)

Overview

AMCOA advances assessment of student learning on public campuses and strengthens campus assessment capabilities.

Contact

Robert J. Awkward, Ph.D.,
Assistant Commissioner for Academic Effectiveness
(617) 994-6908
rawkward@dhe.mass.edu

Duration

2011 – Present

Funding

David Educational Fund (2011-2013)

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Student Identities
Partnerships

Public Higher Ed System

Background

Research shows that the best way to determine what college students know and can do is to examine their learning outcomes from multiple viewpoints. Massachusetts is part of a national effort to develop student learning assessment tools that capture the complexity of college learning better than a single standardized test, and allows for comparisons between public campuses in the state and similiar institutions in other states. Though the work is challenging, being able to assess and compare student learning will improve teaching and help campuses not only identify problem areas but understand how to solve them.

Advancing a Massachusetts Culture of Assessment (AMCOA) is led by a team of faculty and staff from each of the 28 undergraduate campuses, with the goal of advancing assessment of student learning through information sharing about best practices and campuses experiences; provision of faculty and staff professional development opportunities; and cross-institution, collaborative experiments with assessment approaches and technology. AMCOA was funded by the David Educational Foundation from May 2011 until May 2013, and is now supported by the DHE and the campuses.

AMCOA Members

Membership consists of representatives from each of the 28 public higher education campuses, appointed by the respective president/chancellor. The AMCOA team is led by the Board of Higher Education Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment.

Community College Staff and Faculty
Berkshire Community College Jennifer Berne, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Stacy Evans, Center for Teaching & Learning Center Faculty Fellow
Lauren Goodman, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning
Charles Prescott, Professor of English & Department Chair
Bristol Community College C. Chad Argotsinger, Acting Dean, Lash Center for Teaching & Learning
Suzanne Buglione, Dean, Lash Center for Teaching and Learning
William Duffy, Academic Innovation & Professional Development
Rhonda Gabovitch, Vice President of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment
Angelina O'Brien, Director of Institutional Research
Dorris Perryman, Department Chair & Associate Professor of Accounting
Jennifer Puniello, Associate Dean, Academic Innovation & Professional Development
Bunker Hill Community College Perla Gilman, Assistant Professor & Chair, Medical Laboratory Technician Program
Arlene Vallie, Interim Dean, Academic Affairs (Research & Assessment)
Cape Cod Community College Trish Allen, Faculty Coordinator of The Learning Center
William Berry, Professor, Language and Literature Department
Greenfield Community College Marie Breheny, Director of Assessment
Holyoke Community College Kris Choleva, Director of Planning, Curriculum & Assessment
MassBay Community College Alan Goldman, Associate Professor, Humanities
Courtney Jackson, Chief Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Officer
Nina Keery, Professor, English
Bonnie Stevenson, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness & Strategic Initiatives
Massasoit Community College Rita Jones-Hyde, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts
Middlesex Community College John Savage, Chair, Assessment Committee
Peter Shea, Director of Professional Development
Mount Wachusett Community College John Eisler, Associate Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs,
North Shore Community College Andrea Milligan, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
Luciano Sappia, Associate Professor, Business Administration
Kimberly Stevens, Sr. Specialist for Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes
Northern Essex Community College Scott Joubert, Professor of Criminal Justice
Kirsten Kortz, Director of Academic Policy, Curriculum & Assessment
Quinsigamond Community College Amy Beaudry, Professor of English
Gaelan Benway, Professor of Sociology
Ken Dwyer, Dean of Academic & Online Technology
Roxbury Community College Ben Anilus, Math Dept. Faculty
Joyce Atkinson, Coordinator of Academic Support
Jeffrey Breitenfeldt, Assistant Professor of English
Stacy Gosselin, Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Radiologic Tech.
Springfield Technical Community College Ann-Marie Simao, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Tracey Trottier, Director of Assessment
State University Staff and Faculty
Bridgewater State University John Marvelle, Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Ruth Slotnick, Director of Assessment
Michael Young, Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Administration
Fitchburg State University Kate Jewell, Professor of History, Co-Director CTL
Cate Kaluzny, Director of Assessment
Pamela McCafferty, Assistant VP, Institutional Research
Sarah Wright, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Framingham State University Jon Huibregtse, CELTSS Director
Larry McKenna, III, Professor of Environmental Science
Mark Nicholas, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
MassArt Judith Leeman, Associate Professor of Fibers
Karalynn Gau
, Executive Director of Institutional Research
Dan Serig, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
MCLA Erin Milne, Director of Assessment
Paul Petritis, Dean of Graduate & Continuing Education
Mass Maritime Marlene Clapp, Director of Institutional Effectiveness
S. Elaine Craghead, Assistant Dean of Academic Resources
Salem State University Bruce Perry, Assistant Dean, Enrollment Management & Student Life
Megan Williams, Director of Research Administration
Westfield State University Lisa Plantefaber, Assciate Dean of Institutional Research
Worcester State University Bonnie Orcutt, Professor of Economics
Emily Soltano, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
Sarah Strout, Director of Assessment
University of Massachusetts Staff and Faculty
UMass Amherst Claire Hamilton, Associate Provost & Director of the Institute for Teaching & Learning
Alicia Remaly, Associate Director of Assessment
Martha Stessen, Associate Provost, Assessment & Educational Effectiveness
UMass Boston Neal Bruss, Associate Professor, English Department
Catherine Gildae, Associate Director, Assessment & Institutional Research
Karen Ricciardi, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies
UMass Dartmouth Jonathan Bonilla, Institutional Research Analyst
Tammy Silva, Director of Institutional Research
UMass Lowell Johanna Choo, Lecturer, Biological Sciences
Alice Frye, Senior Lecturer, Psychology Department
Paula Haines, Sr. Director of Curriculum, Assessment & Accreditation
UMass President's Office Candyce Carragher, Senior Executive Associate to the Senior Vice President
Robert Gamache, SVP, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs &International Relations

Meeting Materials

2021
2020
2019

AMCOA Team Meeting
Quinsigamond Community College
November 11, 2019
Download: Agenda Equity & Excellence in Teaching & Learning Assessment Technology Landscape Updated DHE LOA State of Assessment

AMCOA Team Meeting
Quinsigamond Community College
Septemnber 13, 2019
Download: Agenda Real Time Assessment (Peggy Maki) Handouts DHE Learning Outcomes Assessment

AMCOA Team Meeting
Quinsigamond Community College
April 5, 2019
Download: Agenda Building a Comprehensive Student Affairs Assessment Program

AMCOA Team Meeting
Quinsigamond Community College
February 1, 2019
Download: Agenda QORE Presentation Oral Presentation Assignment Framework

2018

AMCOA Team Meeting
Quinsigamond Community College
November 30, 2018
Download: Agenda DHE Learning Outcomes Assessment E-Series: Making Assessment More Meaningful Revisited (NECHE)

AMCOA Team Meeting
Quinsigamond Community College
September 28, 2018
Download: Agenda DHE Learning Outcomes Assessment Institutional Assessment at FSU UMass Amherst Assessment Program The ACUE Experience (Salem State)

AMCOA Team Meeting
Quinsigamond Community College
March 29, 2018
Download: Agenda Exercise

AMCOA Team Meeting
Quinsigamond Community College
February 2, 2018
Download: Agenda MassTransfer Implementation Guidelines Introduction to Portfolium Porfolium Use Cases

2017

AMCOA Team Meeting
Quinsigamond Community College
November 30, 2017
Download: Agenda

AMCOA Team Meeting
Worcester State University
September 29, 2017
Download: Agenda DHE Learning Outcomes Assessment Student Success Through Quality Instruction

AMCOA Team Meeting
Quinsigamond Community College
March 31, 2017
Download: Agenda DHE Assessment Update Emerging Trends in Technology for Real-Time Assessment Winklemes TILT Powerpoint

AMCOA Team Meeting
Middlesex Community College
February 2, 2017
Download: Agenda DHE Learning Outcomes Assessment Update Group Work

2016

AMCOA Team Meeting
Holyoke Community College
December 2, 2016
Download: Agenda DHE Learning Outcomes Assessment

AMCOA Team Meeting
UMass Lowell
September 29, 2016
Download: Back to the Future

 

Conference Materials

2020

Addressing Equity Through Assessment—Mutually Reinforcing Objectives
Friday, October 30, 2020
Virtual

Conference Program & Materials

2019

The Intersectionality of Equity, Quality, & Student Learning
Friday, April 19, 2019
Best Western Royal Plaza
Marlborough, MA

PDF Conference Program PDF Plenary Session Presentation

2018

The Continuing Importance of Assessment: From the Classroom to Program to Institutional Levels
Friday, April 20, 2018
Doubletree by Hilton
Westborough, MA

PDF Conference Program PDF Plenary Session Presentation

 

Past Conferences (2011—2017)

2017

Advancing the Work of Assessment: Best Practices, Tools, & Resources
Friday, April 21, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton
Westborough, MA

PDFConference Program

2016

Teaching With an Outcomes Approach: Assessment for Faculty Change Agents
Friday, April 22, 2016
Holiday Inn Boxborough
Boxborough, MA

PDFConference Program

2015

Our Shared Commitment to Student Learning
Friday, April 24, 2015
Holiday Inn Boxborough
Boxborough, MA

PDF Conference Program

2014

Teaching & Reflection: Learning from Assessment
Friday, April 18, 2014
Holiday Inn Boxborough
Boxborough, MA

PDF Conference Program

2013

Assessing Critical Thinking and Writing Using the VALUE Rubrics: Do You See What I See?
Friday, February 22, 2013
UMass Boston Campus Center
Boston, MA

PDF Conference Program

Taking Stock: How Far Have We Come and Where Should We Go?
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center
Marlborough, MA

PDF Conference Program

2012

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes Within and Across the Disciplines
Thursday, February 9, 2012
UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
Lowell, MA

PDF Conference Program

Quantitative Reasoning: Looking Beyond the Numbers
Friday, October 19, 2012
Worcester State University
Worcester, MA

PDF Conference Program

2011

Effective Partnerships and Processes That Build and Sustain a Commitment to Assessing Student Learning: Where Are We Now?
Friday, September 30, 2011
Worcester State University
Worcester, MA

PDF Conference Program

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes Within and Across the Disciplines
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Greenfield Community College
Greenfield, MA

PDF Conference Program

 

Regional Professional Development

North Region

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time. Please check back later.

Past Events

Quantitative Literacy Faculty Workshop
October 11, 2019
9:00a.m.–1:30p.m.
University Crossing, Rm. 490
290 Pawtucket St,
UMass Lowell
Download: Flyer

Assignment Design Charrette
November 2, 2018
9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
North Shore Community College
Download: Flyer | Presentation | Group Photo

Build your Plan: Campus Professional Decelopment for Successful Assessment Practice
June 12, 2018
10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
UMass Lowell
Download: Flyer

E-Series Forms & Meaningful Campus Assessment
July 10, 2017
12:00p.m.-3:00p.m.
Riverview Suites, Rm. 158
UMass Lowell
Download: Flyer

Boston Metro

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time. Please check back later.

Past Events

Quantitative Literacy Faculty Workshop
October 18, 2019
10:00a.m.–1:45p.m.
Chancellor’s Conference Room
Quinn Building, 3rd Floor
100 William T. Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, 02125
UMass Boston
Download: Flyer

Assignment Design Workshop
December 7, 2018
9:00a.m.–1:00p.m.
UMass Boston
Download: Agenda PPT Presentation

Presentation on Academic Program Assessment with Mark Nicholas
March 8, 2018
1:30p.m.–3:30p.m.
Building 4, Rm. 300
Roxbury Community College
Download: Agenda Flyer

Central Region

Upcoming Events

Equity-Minded Assessment: Meeting the Challenges of the New Decade, Today
March 6, 2020
8:30pa.m.–12:00p.m.
Quinsigamond Community College
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equity-minded-assessment-tickets-93548007609
Download: Event Flyer

Past Events

Quantitative Literacy Faculty Workshop
October 25, 2019
9:00a.m.–1:30p.m.
Ahlfors Hall, Rm. 107
670 West Boylston St., Worcester, 01606
Quinsigamond Community College
Download: Flyer

Nimbly Interpreting and Using Assessment Results to Advance All Students Toward Achieving High-Quality Program and Institution-Level Outcomes
February 23, 2018
12:00p.m.–4:00p.m.
Center for Academic Excellence, Ahlfors Building, Rm. 107
Quinsigamond Community College

Southeast Region

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time. Please check back later.

Past Events

Civic Learning Assignment Design Charrette
May 24, 2018
12:00p.m.–3:00p.m.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Registration: bit.ly/amcoa-mma
Download: Event Flyer

Information Literacy Charrette
May 23, 2017
Massasoit Community College
Download: Event Flyer

Western Region

Upcoming Events

Equity-Minded Assessment: Meeting the Challenges of the New Decade, Today
March 6, 2020
8:30a.m.–12:00p.m.
Quinsigamond Community College
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equity-minded-assessment-tickets-93548007609
Download: Event Flyer

Past Events

Quantitative Literacy Faculty Workshop
October 25, 2019
9:00a.m.–1:30p.m.
The Kittredge Center, Rm. 301
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, 01040
Holyoke Community College
Download: Flyer