For Immediate Release

David Tritelli
Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs
202-884-0812 (office)
Elizabeth Holcombe
Managing Director, VALUE Institute

VALUE Institute Registration Now Open

VALUE Institute, Higher Education’s Most Comprehensive Resource for Student Learning Assessment, Opens Registration for 2018-2019

Oct 25, 2018

Washington, DC—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research (IUCPR) today announced the opening of registration for the 2018-2019 VALUE Institute. The VALUE Institute is a resource for colleges and universities to document, report, and use learning outcomes evidence to improve student learning and success.

VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) is a campus-based assessment approach developed and led by AAC&U as part of its Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. Using the proven approach of the VALUE rubrics to assess authentic student work, the VALUE Institute provides institutions with data and reports to determine whether and how well students are meeting graduation-level achievement in learning outcomes that both employers and faculty consider essential. VALUE Institute assessment results provide actionable information about students’ learning to participating institutions and support capacity-building for faculty, institutions, and policy makers on how to use evidence to support student success and effective pedagogy.

The VALUE Institute is an effort to create the country’s most comprehensive resource for direct evidence of student learning in higher education. Thirty two-year and four-year colleges and universities participated in the VALUE Institute’s first year in 2017-2018 and submitted nearly 5,000 samples of student work to be scored on five distinct learning outcomes. For 2018-2019, institutions can register to measure seven outcomes: critical thinking, written communication, quantitative literacy, global learning, intercultural knowledge and competency, civic engagement, and ethical reasoning.

Leading experts in higher education teaching and assessment have remarked upon the promise of the VALUE Institute’s approach. Pat Hutchings, senior scholar at the National Institute on Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), said “VALUE rubrics are now a prominent feature on the higher education landscape—with campuses adopting them to assess general education, adapting them for program and course-level assessment, using them to catalyze conversations about learning outcomes and to create more intentionally designed assignments. They are, in short, invaluable tools for improvement.”

The VALUE Institute is uniquely positioned to provide evidence that allows faculty, institutional leaders, accreditors, policy makers, and even students themselves to assess and improve the levels of achievement on a set of cross-cutting competencies important for all disciplines. In collaboration with the State Higher Education Executive Officers’ association (SHEEO), through the Multi-State Collaborative Consortium (MSC), states and their colleges and universities are joining together to make quality student learning central to policy discussions.

Past MSC participants, including Michael Ben-Avie, formerly of Southern Connecticut University and now of Quinnipiac University, have described the benefits of using VALUE to make changes on campus: “Our accrediting agency praised our use of the VALUE rubrics to inform the restructuring of the university’s access programs, developmental math curriculum, liberal education program, and writing across the curriculum program.”

Higher education institutions, departments, states, and other providers are invited to participate in the VALUE Institute by collecting samples of student work, uploading these artifacts into the digital repository, and having the work scored by certified VALUE Institute faculty scorers. Participants receive data and reports from the tested VALUE nationwide database for benchmarking student learning. The VALUE Institute team will be hosting an informational webinar on November 7. Please visit to register for the webinar.

For more information about the VALUE Institute and how to participate, visit

For more information about AAC&U’s VALUE approach to assessment, visit

About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises 1,400 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, faculty, and staff engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Through a broad range of activities, AAC&U reinforces the collective commitment to liberal education at the national, local, and global levels. Its high-quality programs, publications, research, meetings, institutes, public outreach efforts, and campus-based projects help individual institutions ensure that the quality of student learning is central to their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges.

About Indiana University's Center for Postsecondary Research

Indiana University's Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) promotes student success and institutional excellence by conducting and disseminating research on student access, assessment, engagement, and persistence and by assisting postsecondary institutions and related agencies in gathering and using data for educational decision making and institutional improvement. CPR, a research center of the Indiana University School of Education, is home to an array of nationally prominent projects, including the National Survey of Student Engagement, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the National Institute for Transformation and Equity, and now the VALUE Institute, that serve thousands of institutions, practitioners, and scholars every year. Information about CPR projects can be found at