AAC&U develops and advances assessment practices that deepen, integrate, and demonstrate student learning, through advocacy of learning-centered assessment policies, support for campus work to develop meaningful assessment approaches, and experimentation with common e-portfolio frameworks. Through its ground-breaking national initiative, VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education), AAC&U has worked with faculty and assessment expert teams across the country to develop a set of 15 rubrics through which institutions can evaluate cross-cutting capacities students develop across courses and programs. More than 2000 institutions are currently using VALUE rubrics as part of their assessment plans. AAC&U has also developed the “Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory,” a campus climate tool designed to assess various campus constituents’ perceptions regarding opportunities for education for personal and social responsibility. In addition, AAC&U has been a leader in developing the New Leadership for Student Learning and Accountability statement and the New Leadership Alliance—developing guidelines for institutional assessment and accountability.
Read President Carol Geary Schneider’s essay about how to assess student learning in college—and what not to do.
See below for publications and resources from AAC&U, member campuses, and other leading assessment organizations.
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
Intellectual & Practical Skills
Personal & Social Responsibility
Integrative & Applied Knowledge
National Assessment Efforts
Topics in Assessment
- Global Learning in College: Asking Big Questions, Engaging Urgent Challenges in Providence, Rhode Island, October 3-5, 2013.
- Transforming STEM Education: Inquiry, Innovation, Inclusion, and Evidence in San Diego, California, October 31 – November 2, 2013.
2013 Summer Institutes
- Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, June 1-5, 2013.
- Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, June 11-14, 2013.
- Institute on Integrative Learning and the Departments at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, July 10-14, 2013.
- PKAL Summer Leadership Institute for STEM Faculty at the Baca Campus of Colorado College in Crestone,
Colorado, July 23-28 OR July 30-August 4, 2013.
Outcomes and Vision
Historical Perspectives and Analysis
- Liberal Education for Sustainability
(Liberal Education, Fall 2012)
- Frontiers of Faculty Work: Embracing Innovation and High-Impact Practices (Peer Review, Summer 2012)
- Lessons on Systemic Reform from the LEAP States Initiative (Peer Review, Spring 2011)
- Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Learning
- Engaging Departments: Assessing Student Learning (Peer Review, Winter 2010)
- Good Teaching: What Is It and How Do We Measure It? (Peer Review, Spring 2009)
- Assessing Learning Outcomes: Lessons from AAC&U's VALUE Project (Peer Review, Winter 2009)
- High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter
- Assessing Student Learning (Peer Review, Spring 2007)
- Creating Shared Responsibility for General Education and Assessment (Peer Review, Fall 2004)
- Value Added Assessment of Liberal Education (Peer Review, Double Issue, Winter/Spring 2002)
Liberal Education: Assessment Practices on Campus
- Assessment in Cycles of Improvement: Faculty Designs for Essential Learning Outcomes
Outcomes Assessment Data
Contact: Terrel Rhodes, vice president of the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment