VALUE Institute Overview

Registration is now closed.

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 achievement across Essential Learning Outcomes. The VALUE Institute direct assessment of learning results will help fill an absence of systematic information on the quality of student learning in higher education.

Through its proof-of-concept (2014-2017) efforts, AAC&U worked to develop and launch the VALUE Institute in cooperation with multiple colleagues who joined in recognizing the importance of focusing on student and faculty work, from the State Higher Education Executive Officers association to hundreds of individual educators across the member campuses of the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning (MSC),  the Great Lakes Colleges Association, and the Minnesota Collaborative. In addition, several higher education funders have been generous in supporting the need for evidence of quality student learning - the U.S. Department of Education, and the State Farm, Gates, Spencer, Sherman Fairchild, and Lumina Foundations. Since the 2017-2018 academic year, the VALUE Institute has been open to any higher education institution or provider interested in looking more deeply at learning through students’ own unique work.

Interest in VALUE Institute Participation

Are you interested?

The VALUE Institute is now collecting interest and registration inquires.

AAC&U established the VALUE Institute as a continuing resource for higher education programs, states and institutions to document, report, and use learning outcomes evidence to improve student success in college. Higher education organizations are invited to participate in the VALUE Institute by collecting samples of student work (artifacts and assignments), transferring the artifacts and assignments for inclusion in the digital repository, and having artifacts scored using the VALUE rubrics by certified VALUE Institute faculty scorers.

Participating institutions receive data and reports from the tested VALUE nationwide database establishing the landscape of learning for contextualizing and ultimately benchmarking results.

What do I do if interested?

If your institution, program, state, system consortium – national or international – has an interest in participating in the VALUE Institute, please review the “Interest in VALUE Institute Participation” page, discuss the contents with colleagues, and send an email to to schedule an initial consultation.

A VALUE Institute staff member will respond in 2-3 business days.

Registration: October 28, 2020 - March 15, 2021