VALUE Publications

On Solid Ground
2017

A new VALUE report describes its groundbreaking approach to assessing student learning showing it is possible to evaluate undergraduate students’ achievement without relying on standardized tests and by using existing material.

In On Solid Ground AAC&U shares the results from the first two years of data collection for the VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) initiative, a nationwide project that examines direct evidence of student learning. It represents the first attempt to reveal the landscape of student performance on key learning outcomes—Critical Thinking, Written Communication, and Quantitative Literacy—that educators, employers, and policy makers agree are essential for student success in the workplace and in life.

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Assessment That Works: A National Call, A Twenty-First-Century Response
2015

This publication builds on the work of AAC&U’s VALUE project (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education)—a multi-tiered effort that, in its first stages, harnessed the expertise of hundreds of faculty and other education professionals across American higher education to identify the most commonly agreed upon criteria and standards of judgment to be used in assessing student work.  VALUE has since become a national movement to change the way we envision and approach the assessment of student learning gains and accomplishments in college.  Assessment That Works contextualizes this movement, describes several illuminating case studies of VALUE in action, and exhorts us to maintain the momentum and raise the visibility of this effort.

The VALUE Breakthrough: Getting the Assessment of Student Learning in College Right
2015

Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education—AAC&U's VALUE initiative—is a far-reaching effort to focus assessment on the work students produce in their progress toward a degree. By focusing on assignments produced for a degree program rather than on answers on time-limited standardized tests, VALUE has become a national movement to change the way we envision and approach the assessment of student learning gains and accomplishments in college. The VALUE Breakthrough explains succinctly and directly the progress and importance of this movement. Author Daniel Sullivan tells us how VALUE relates both to the larger aims of a quality liberal education, to the capabilities employers seek and reward, and to the public policy pressures of our current environment.

Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment
2013

This publication addresses key elements of, and questions frequently raised about, the development and use of the VALUE rubrics for assessment of student learning. It provides information about rubric-based assessment approaches—including validity, reliability, and rubric modification—and faculty training in the use of rubrics. Specific examples of how campuses are using the VALUE rubrics to improve student learning are also provided. Full case studies from twelve campuses are available online at www.aacu.org/value/casestudies.

Peer Review, Fall 2011/Winter 2012
Peer Review, Fall/Winter 2011

This issue focuses on AAC&U’s VALUE rubrics, which were tested on more than one hundred pilot campuses and cover outcomes often neglected in other assessment systems. This issue explores various ways in which different kinds of colleges and universities are using the rubrics to assess student learning in and across courses and programs.

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Electronic Portfolios and Student Success: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Learning
2010

This publication presents an overview of electronic portfolios and ways individuals and campuses can implement e-portfolios to enhance and assess student learning, recognizing that learning occurs in many places, takes many forms, and is exhibited through many modes of representation. It is organized around eight issues central to implementing an e-portfolio approach: defining learning outcomes; understanding your learners; identifying stakeholders; designing learning activities; including multiple forms of evidence; using rubrics to evaluate e-portfolios; anticipating external uses of evidence; and evaluating the impact of e-portfolios. This work is illustrated through multiple campus case study examples.

2010

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Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics
2010

This publication provides practical advice on the development and effective use of rubrics to evaluate college student achievement at various levels. Rubrics for fifteen liberal learning outcomes are included, and can be readily adapted to reflect the missions, cultures, and practices of individual institutions and programs. Developed by faculty members and other academic professionals, and tested on a variety of campuses, the rubrics establish measurable criteria for assessing each outcome at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of accomplishment.

Quantitative Literacy VALUE Rubric (pdf)
2010

Quantitative Literacy VALUE Rubric Description
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Reading VALUE Rubric (pdf)
2010

Reading VALUE Rubric Description
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Teamwork VALUE Rubric (pdf)
2010

Teamwork VALUE Rubric Description
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Written Communication VALUE Rubric (pdf)
2010

Written Communication VALUE Rubric Description
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Oral Communication VALUE Rubric (pdf)
2010

Oral Communication VALUE Rubric Description
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Problem Solving VALUE Rubric (pdf)
2010

Problem Solving VALUE Rubric Description
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Civic Knowledge and Engagement VALUE Rubric (pdf)
2010

Civic Engagement VALUE Rubric Description
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