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Higher Ed Update: NACAC, Pilots Launching & More

By September 23, 2019 No Comments

See the first version of the Mastery Transcript; learn about students piloting the MTC Mastery Transcript

The Mastery Transcript Consortium™(MTC), a network of member schools who have created a new, mastery-based high school transcript, is excited to spread word that MTC will host the session, Moving Beyond GPA: Using the Mastery Transcript to Drive Equity,” at the NACAC National Conference 2019 in the Kentucky International Conference Center. The session will take place during the “G Educational Session Block,” from noon to 1:15 p.m., on Saturday, September 28, in room L016. MTC looks forward to connecting with admissions officers and others in attendance. If you are unable to attend the session, additional opportunities to meet with the team during NACAC include:

  • Informal Breakfast: Start your Friday at our MTC breakfast! The MTC team will be at the Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 West Jefferson Street, in the Thoroughbred Room from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., on September 27. Stop by to connect with MTC member school colleagues, meet members of the MTC Higher Ed Advisory Group, or just say hello to the team. 
  • Get in touch: If you are not able to make the MTC session or breakfast, the team would still love to connect during the conference. Send an email to Edgar Montes, director of higher education for MTC.

MTC Mastery Transcript: A Meaningful Tool

The MTC Mastery Transcript brings new meaning to the high school experience, offering a dramatic shift from the traditional transcript’s flat accounting of grades without context to an interactive, digital transcript that values the higher order skills necessary for success in college and career. Students are able to more fully represent their range of interests, skills, and strengths, and admissions officers in turn gain a better sense of the students they seek to cultivate in their own communities. During 2019–2020, MTC is launching the first version of the Mastery Transcript. A group of students from several member schools will use the Mastery Transcript to apply to college, while participants from other member schools are involved in different levels of testing. Feedback from user testing will be invaluable as MTC continues to iterate upon the transcript design.

“This is a significant milestone as we launch the first version of the Mastery Transcript and, thanks to the work of our member schools, start turning theory into practice,” said Stacy Caldwell, CEO of MTC. “The Mastery Transcript will convey to admissions officers a deeper, more authentic story about a student: who they are, what they have learned, what they can do, and who they want to be. We look forward to sharing our learning and progress with the educational community during 2019-2020.”

Benefits of the Mastery Transcript include:

  • Clear representation of a student’s achievements throughout high school. This includes a visualization of mastery credits earned and school-verified evidence of student work.
  • Consistent and effective format that enables efficient reading at scale. The compact “top layer” can be quickly scanned; additional information layered beneath offers deeper context on the student and school as needed.
  • Capturing the whole student, including rich learning inside and outside of school and a fuller picture of who students are, what they’ve experienced and learned, and where and how they’ve delved deeper.
  • Important information about the school, including mastery credits offered and a list of courses that each student chose and completed.

Engaging Higher Education

MTC’s efforts in higher education are led by Edgar Montes, director of higher education engagement, along with a Higher-Ed Advisory Group (HEAG), comprised of a strong group of undergraduate admissions leaders from a range of colleges and universities. MTC is also engaging other representatives from colleges, universities, and related institutions in user testing and in the broader conversation about how to bring sustainable policy and practice changes in higher education admissions. As the Mastery Transcript enriches the student experience and adoption increases, MTC will show how institutes of higher education have used the new transcript successfully.

If you are a member of a higher-ed admissions team and would like to learn more or get involved, please get in touch! MTC is available to schedule an in-person meeting or a transcript demo by Zoom. These sessions offer a great way to get a more in-depth preview of the Mastery Transcript and provide our design team with feedback toward future enhancements. For more information, please download the MTC Overview to Higher Ed

About MTC

The Mastery Transcript Consortium™(MTC) is made up of a growing network of public and independent member high schools who have created the Mastery Transcript, a high school transcript that supports mastery learning and reflects the unique skills, strengths, and interests of each learner. In the coming years, the MTC hopes to change the way students prepare for college, career, and life. Please visit us at www.mastery.org.

Photo Caption: Lead image is a glimpse into the transcript reader of the first version of the MTC Mastery Transcript.

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About Jenny Barker

Jenny is the director of communications for MTC. Contact her at barker@mastery.org.