AMS | College of Education, Health and Human Services | Kent State University

Taskstream AMS

Starting with the 2016-2017 report, programs will need to use the Accountability Management System (AMS) for submitting their annual assessment reports.

The College of EHHS developed resources and an online training series to assist with AMS. To take full advantage of the training series, please follow the below steps:

>> STEP #1Click Here to Request an AMS Account
For programs within the College of EHHS, request your AMS account by contacting Courtney Marsden via the above link. Please respond to all questions within the preset email.
 
Once you have an account, you may access it through Flashline:
A) Sign into your Flashline account.
B) On the left sidebar, click “Employee,” then click “Resources,” and then click “Additional Employee Resources.”
C) Within the main portion of your window, click on the block that says “Taskstream” or “Watermark (Taskstream).” A new tab will open and you should be automatically signed into your account. However, if you are asked to sign in, then use your Flashline username and password.
Depending on whether or not you have your current assessment plan uploaded into the system already will dictate whether you follow "track a" or "track b" for the remaining steps.
 

>> STEP #2: Prep the Report
2a (for programs that are starting from scratch or redesigning their plans)
Click Here to Download the Reporting Template
Fill out the above Template for Reporting in AMS. The purpose of this template is to guide you through the data input process. For your reference, here is a Completed Template Example for 2016-2017 Reporting.

 

2b (for programs that only need to add in the findings) 
Gather the Findings
For programs that only need to update their findings, you may still find the above template helpful, but you only need to fill in the "Assessment Findings" tables associated with each measure.

 


>> STEP #3: Add the Report to AMS
3a (for programs that are starting from scratch or redesigning their plans)
Click Here to Learn How to Add/Submit the Full Report [video]
Once you have obtained an AMS account and filled out the Template for Reporting in AMS, then please watch the full training video. This video, which is a little over 15 minutes in length, covers how to sign into AMS, how to input the assessment report (i.e., mission statement, learning outcomes, measures, and findings), and how to submit the report for review.
 
3b (for programs that only need to add in the findings)
Click Here to Learn How to Add/Submit the Findings and Report [video]
This video, which is approximately 7 minutes in length, covers how to sign into AMS, how to input the findings portion of the annual assessment report, and how to submit the report for review. This is a reduced version of the full-length training, and should only be used by those that do not need to input the full plan.
 

If applicable...
>> STEP #4: Click Here to Learn  How to Add/Submit Adding an Action Plan & Status Report [video]
If you have one or more unmet measures, then you will also need to watch Part II of the training video series: Adding an Action Plan and a Status Report into AMS. This video, which is over 11 minutes in length, covers how to sign into AMS and setup an action plan and a status report.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get an AMS account?

If your program is within the College of Education, Health and Human Services (EHHS), then you may request an AMS account by contacting Courtney Marsden, cwade10@kent.edu. Let her know the name of the program(s) you need workspace access to, including the degree level (e.g., B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.). If you did not attend an AMS training through the College of EHHS, then it is strongly recommended that you review the above AMS resources and/or sign up for a training through the Provost's Office (session dates are TBD).

What do I include in the report?

Annual assessment reports must include the following components:
  • Mission Statement
  • Student Learning Outcomes (minimum of three)
  • Measures (i.e., method of assessment) - should include a mix of direct and indirect
  • Achievement Targets (i.e., minimum performance standard)
  • Findings
  • Recommendations/Reflections
  • Action Plan - required when a program does not meet its achievement target(s)
What, when, and how do I submit?

What  do  i  submit?

In Taskstream AMS, the components of the annual assessment report are grouped under a few different categories that need to be submitted. That said, the following categories are what constitute the annual assessment report/need to be submitted:

  • Current Assessment Cycle:
    • Assessment Plan
    • Assessment Findings
    • Action Plan, if needed
    • Status Report, if needed
  • Next Assessment Cycle:
    • Assessment Plan 

When  do  I  submit?  December  1st

The above items are due by Dec. 1  for all programs within the College of EHHS. Dec. 1 will be the deadline for the annual assessment reports moving forward (unless otherwise specified). 

How  do  I  Submit?

Use the Submission and Read Reviews" tab to submit the different sections of your report. Please view the second page of the Submitting to AMS Guide for detailed instructions and screenshot examples.

Why do I need to complete the annual assessment report?

Kent State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In alignment with HLC accreditation, all academic programs (generally broken down by both major and degree level) must submit a programmatic assessment report every year. Annual assessment reports are reviewed and maintained by Kent State’s Office of Accreditation, Assessment and Learning. Academic programs should use the annual assessment report as a way to identify areas for continuous improvement and to ensure quality.

Where can I find additional resources related to the assessment of student learning?
Other than annual assessment reporting, what else can I do in AMS?

In addition to annual assessment reporting, AMS can be used for mapping learning outcomes, curriculum mapping, retaining copies of syllabi, and more.

RESOURCES FOR ADDITIONAL AMS FEATURES
>> PowerPoint: Additional AMS Features <<
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