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How to Cite VALUE Resources

Please follow the guidelines on this page when citing VALUE resources, which include the VALUE rubrics and the VALUE ADD tools.

General Guideline for Referring to VALUE Resources

When discussing the VALUE rubrics, the "r" in rubrics should be lowercase unless naming a specific rubric (e.g., the VALUE rubrics, the Inquiry and Analysis VALUE Rubric). Likewise, when discussing the VALUE ADD tools, the “t” in tools should be lowercase unless naming a specific tool (e.g., Critical Thinking VALUE ADD Tool).

Creative Commons License

The VALUE rubrics and VALUE ADD tools are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Creative Commons

Under this license, you can share and adapt the VALUE tools. When doing so, the following license terms must be met:

  • Attribution: Give appropriate credit to AAC&U, link to the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license, and clarify if changes to the original were made. Give credit without suggesting an endorsement by AAC&U.
  • NonCommercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes under this license, such as those that offer some commercial or monetary advantage. If you are seeking permission for a commercial use, please refer to the “Commercial Use” section below.
  • ShareAlike: If you adapt these materials in any way, you must still distribute the adapted version under the same license as the original version (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

See the Creative Commons license legal code for more information.

Citing an Individual VALUE Rubric

If you cite individual rubrics, use either of the following citations as examples, adjusting the citation for the specific rubric used. These examples are shown in APA and Chicago formats:

APA format:

Association of American Colleges and Universities. (2009). Inquiry and analysis VALUE rubric. https://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics/inquiry-analysis.

Chicago format:

Association of American Colleges and Universities. 2009. “Inquiry and Analysis VALUE Rubric.” https://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics/inquiry-analysis.

*Please note the year of publication for all rubrics is 2009, with the exception of the Global Learning VALUE Rubric, which was released in 2014.

Citing an Individual VALUE ADD Tool

If you wish to cite individual tools, use either of the following citations as examples, adjusting the citation for the specific tool used. These examples are shown in APA and Chicago formats:

APA Format:

Association of American Colleges and Universities. (2021). Critical thinking VALUE ADD tool. https://www.aacu.org/value-add-tools.

Chicago Format:

Association of American Colleges and Universities. 2021. “Critical Thinking VALUE ADD Tool.” https://www.aacu.org/value-add-tools.

*Please note the year of publication for all VALUE ADD tools is 2021.

Citing All VALUE Rubrics and VALUE ADD Tools

To cite the larger VALUE rubrics project, use either of the following citations:

APA Format:

Association of American Colleges and Universities. (2009). Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE). Author. https://www.aacu.org/value.

Chicago Format:

Association of American Colleges and Universities. 2009. Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE). Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities. https://www.aacu.org/value.

To cite the larger VALUE ADD tools project, use either of the following citations:

APA Format:

Association of American Colleges and Universities. (2021). VALUE ADD tools. Author. https://www.aacu.org/value-add-tools.

Chicago Format:

Association of American Colleges and Universities. 2021. VALUE ADD tools. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities. https://www.aacu.org/value-add-tools.

Using or Publishing Modified VALUE Resources

Please include one of the following permission statements, adjusted for the specific resource used, directly on your modified work:

Example permission statement for a modified VALUE rubric:

Adapted from “Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2009, https://www.aacu.org/value-rubrics. This derivative work is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

*Please note the year of publication for all rubrics is 2009 with the exception of the Global Learning VALUE Rubric, which was released in 2014.

Example permission statement for a modified VALUE ADD tool:

Adapted from “Critical Thinking VALUE ADD Tool” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2021, https://www.aacu.org/value-add-tools. This derivative work is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Reprinting for Educational Purposes

Individuals are welcome to reproduce the VALUE rubrics and VALUE ADD tools for use in the classroom, on educational websites, and in campus intra-institutional publications. Please be sure to credit AAC&U using the following permission statement on the reproduced material:

All VALUE rubrics:

From “Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE)” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2009, http://www.aacu.org/value. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Single VALUE rubric, to be adjusted for the specific tool used:

From “Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2009, http://www.aacu.org/value. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

*Please note the year of publication for all rubrics is 2009 with the exception of the Global Learning VALUE Rubric, which was released in 2014.

VALUE ADD tools:

From “VALUE ADD Tools” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2021, https://www.aacu.org/value-add-tools. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

If you have questions about using the VALUE tools for educational purposes, please email [email protected].

Commercial Use in Course Packets, Publications, and Any Other Formats

Requests for permission to reproduce text from an AAC&U publication or resource for any purpose should be directed to [email protected]. A permission fee will be assessed for requests to reprint the VALUE tools in course packets, in other copyrighted print or electronic publications intended for sale, or for any other commercial use.

VALUE rubrics and VALUE ADD tools can be used in commercial databases, software, or assessment products, but prior permission from AAC&U is required ([email protected]). For all commercial purposes, each tool must be reproduced in its entirety and without changes. The following permission statement must also be used for all approved commercial uses:

All VALUE rubrics:

From “Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE)” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2009, http://www.aacu.org/value. Reprinted with permission.

Single VALUE rubric, to be adjusted for the specific tool used:

From “Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2009, http://www.aacu.org/value. Reprinted with permission.

*Please note the year of publication for all rubrics is 2009 with the exception of the Global Learning VALUE Rubric, which was released in 2014.

VALUE ADD tools:

From “VALUE ADD Tools” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2021, https://www.aacu.org/value-add-tools. Reprinted with permission.