Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment

Terrel

Rhodes

Vice President
Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment and Executive Director of VALUE
AAC&U

Publications

On Solid Ground
February 23, 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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Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future: Enlisting the Voices of STEM Women Faculty of Color

Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future describes actions that every type of higher education institution can take to recognize and support inclusive excellence among faculty and build the capacity of women faculty of color to advance in their careers and contribute to higher education reform efforts. The report turns a spotlight on the work of HBCUs as leaders in the education and graduation of STEM students, focusing in particular on the underexplored role of STEM women faculty of color, both in supporting student success in STEM fields and, over time, in driving campus changes that can make any college more effective in educating all students.

Collaboration for Student Transfer: A Nationwide Degree Qualifications Profile Experiment
January 11, 2016

Collaboration for Student Transfer: A Nationwide Degree Qualifications Profile Experiment highlights key lessons learned from AAC&U's Quality Collaboratives project. It focuses on learning outcomes assessment and faculty leadership in the context of increased rates of student mobility and transfer. The project sought to build the capacity of educators to use the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) as a framework for successful student transfer that emphasized the quality of student learning, rather than seat time or credit hours; and sought to help partnering two- and four-year institutions strengthen transfer students' achievement of AAC&U's LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. The publication reports on the work of two-year and four-year institutions in nine states—California, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, and North Dakota—that built on existing transfer articulation policies and practices and explored ways to enhance student transfer success. The report highlights potential models-described through comprehensive case studies-for enhancing student transfer through the lens of quality learning and demonstrated achievement.

Collaboration for Student Transfer is accompanied by two smaller booklets—Assessment Practices for Advancing Transfer Student Success, which features practical advice about developing collaborations to advance learning outcomes assessment in the context of transfer; and Action Steps for Advancing Transfer Student Success, which highlights lessons learned from cross-campus engagement and robust collaborations, presented in ten case studies. (Both booklets are available as PDFs at no cost.)

 

These publications are ideal for campus practitioners and state systems who are actively working to enhance transfer student success and build capacity to assess and track achievement of learning outcomes.

Action Steps for Advancing Transfer Student Success: Lessons Learned from Cross-Institutional Collaborations
January 11, 2016

Action Steps for Advancing Transfer Student Success highlights lessons learned from cross-campus engagement and robust collaborations, presented in ten case studies.

Assessment Practices for Advancing Transfer Student Success: Collaborating for Educational Change
January 11, 2016

Assessment Practices for Advancing Transfer Student Success features practical advice about developing collaborations to advance learning outcomes assessment in the context of transfer.

Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment
June 26, 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.

General Education & Liberal Learning: Principles of Effective Practice
July 1, 2010

General Education and Liberal Learning: Principles of Effective Practice explores elements common to strong general education programs and examines how strong programs support liberal learning outcomes essential to success in the twenty-first century. The publication surveys the changes that have occurred in general education programs—and more broadly in higher education—since AAC&U's Strong Foundations: Twelve Principles for Effective General Education Programs was published in 1994. The publication discusses how institutions may improve their general education practices and provides numerous examples of successful practices. Chapters include, "Imperatives for and Drivers of Change," "Principles of Strong General Education Programs," "Intentionality," "Alignment with the Majors," "Effective Pedagogy," "Assessment," and "Institutional Commitment." This publication is ideal for use by curriculum committees and groups working on reviewing, revising, or assessing general education programs.

Assessing Outcomes and Improving Achievement: Tips and Tools for Using Rubrics
January 14, 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.