The VALUE Institute: Learning Outcomes Assessment at its Best

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

The VALUE Institute enables any higher education institution, department, program, state, consortium or provider 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 and other educator scorers for external validation of institutional learning assessment.

The evidence of learning includes 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 has worked 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’s (SHEEO) Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning (MSC), the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and the Minnesota Collaborative.

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