The VALUE Institute: Learning Outcomes Assessment at its Best

AAC&U is working in partnership with Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research to establish the VALUE Institute, which will be a continuing resource for higher education institutions to document, report, and use learning outcomes evidence to improve student success in college.

The VALUE Institute will launch later in 2017 and will enable any higher education institution to utilize the VALUE rubrics approach to assessment by collecting and uploading samples of student work to a digital repository and have the work scored by certified VALUE Institute faculty scorers for external validation of institutional learning assessment.

The evidence of learning will include the ability to examine learning achievement across student population groups, e.g. first generation, gender, racial and ethnic groups, year in school, etc., as well as reveal the nationwide landscape of learning benchmarks of achievement across Essential Learning Outcomes encompassed in the Degree Qualifications Profile and AAC&U’s LEAP Initiative. The VALUE Institute, in tandem with the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), will create the country’s most comprehensive resource for direct and indirect evidence of student learning in higher education.

AAC&U is working to develop and launch the VALUE Institute in collaboration with Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research, while continuing critical partnerships with the State Higher Education Executive Officers association (SHEEO), the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning (MSC), the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and the Minnesota Collaborative.

Expression of Interest in VALUE Institute Participation

Are you interested?

The VALUE Institute will launch later in 2017. If your institution/program has an interest in participating in the VALUE Institute, please fill out the linked questionnaire and we will add you to our communications list to receive follow-up information on what participation entails, costs, benefits, etc. (no obligation) so you can take time to consult with colleagues and decide whether this is right for you and your campus. - Click here.

More information about the VALUE Institute is available here. - Click here.

Do you want to know more about the VALUE approach? - Click here.

For more information, please call (202) 387-3760, or write to Rachel Golden at