Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning—the "MSC"

In November 2017, the MSC project teamed up with the AAC&U VALUE Institute in order to continue, promote, and more efficiently support the advancement of quality learning outcomes assessment. 

For information about participating in the VALUE Institute, please link directly to AAC&U's VALUE Institute information webpages. They can also be reached at

The history of the MSC and an archive of MSC webinars and results are housed on the AAC&U VALUE Institute webpages.

Overview of the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning (MSC) Consortium at the VALUE Institute

The SHEEO MSC Consortium of the VALUE Institute is a voluntary effort and there is no additional cost to participate. (The VALUE Institute has its own fee structure.)

The MSC is a proven model based on five years of development and refinement, resulting in valid assessment of authentic student work and reliable scoring methods for program evaluation and assessment.

As a participating member of the SHEEO MSC consortium, you will have all the benefits offered through the VALUE Institute, in addition to:

• Aggregate state-level and project-level reporting of student learning outcomes
• More opportunity to network and engage with faculty within and beyond your institution
• Enhanced ability to inform state policy discussion related to quality student learning, equity, and assessment
• Assistance with project coordination with your MSC state lead
• Access to a comparison pool of authentic student work, at institution and state levels
• State representation and input during continuous improvement discussions

Requirements to join

• Public institutions of higher education data to be disaggregated by institutional type (two-year and four-year)
• VALUE Institute registration fee (

Registration and useful documents are included on the AAC&U's VALUE Institute information webpages. The documents become available to you once you've registered and been approved for participation.

MSC Project contact information

• Denise Pearson, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Equity Initiatives, Director of the MSC, SHEEO
• Gloria Auer, support staff for the MSC, SHEEO

MSC State Leads contact information

• Connecticut, Jane Gates, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, (860) 723-0052,
• Hawai‛i, Monica Stitt-Bergh, Associate Specialist, Assessment Office, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, (808) 956-6669
• Indiana, Ken Sauer, Senior Associate Commissioner, Research & Academic Affairs, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, (317) 464-4400
• Kentucky, Tara Rose, Senior Associate for Academic Quality, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, (502) 892-3019
• Maine, state lead role in transition
• Massachusetts, Robert Awkward, Director of Learning Outcomes Assessment, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, (617) 994-6908
• Minnesota, Jon Dalager, System Director, Academic Initiatives & Program Support, Minnesota State, (651) 201-1684,
• Missouri, Rusty Monhollon, Assistant Commissioner, Missouri Department of Higher Education, (573) 751-5221,
• Oregon, Kristin Nagy Catz, Director of University Assessment, Southern Oregon University, (541) 552-7077,
• Rhode Island, state lead role in transition
• Texas, Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, (512) 427-6520,
• Virginia, Jodi Fisler, Associate for Assessment Policy and Analysis, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia,  (804) 371-0023

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