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Current VALUE Project: Independent Colleges & Universities

An important part of the new VALUE initiative includes special attention to the independent liberal arts colleges' and universities' students and faculty. Two specific pilot endeavors are focused in the state of Minnesota and the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA). In addition, the state of Missouri, as part of the parallel Multi-State Collaborative (MSC), has chosen to include two independent colleges in its MSC statewide project.

In Minnesota, through a grant from the Spencer Foundation, five independent colleges are joining five public two- and four-year campuses to collect student work samples demonstrating written communication, quantitative literacy and critical thinking, and submitting the work samples into a nationwide VALUE database for scoring using VALUE rubrics. These campuses will explore student work samples for other learning outcomes, as well as collect samples from students near completion of their academic programs, as well as students early in their undergraduate careers to address learning progression.

Nine campuses in the GLCA are following similar collection and scoring procedures as the Minnesota pilot for their respective students along with collaborative support and engagement through the GLCA office. The GLCA is supported by a grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation.

Minnesota Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities

  • Augsburg College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hamline University
  • St. Olaf College
  • The College of St. Scholastica

Missouri Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities

  • Central Methodist University
  • Stephens College

Great Lakes Colleges Association

  • Allegheny College
  • Denison University
  • DePauw University
  • Earlham College
  • Hope College
  • Kenyon College
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • The College of Wooster
  • Wabash College