Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment
Through its Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, AAC&U works to promote curricular coherence through a focus on learning outcomes and the application of ePortfolios—both in general education curricula and beyond—and to advance assessment practices that meaningfully incorporate students’ demonstrated student learning. AAC&U leverages these practices to advocate for learner-centered, equitable policies and practices that engage multiple campus stakeholders in creating curricula and assessments that support a high-quality liberal education for all students.
VALUE is a campus-based, faculty-driven approach to the assessment of student learning outcomes that are considered essential by educators and employers alike. Through this approach, authentic student work—that is, the work students already produce across various their learning pathways and fields of study—is assessed using rubrics developed by teams of faculty and other educational professionals from institutions of all types and sizes. The sixteen VALUE rubrics correspond to the Essential Learning Outcomes of a liberal education.
The VALUE Institute provides external validation of institutional assessments of student learning. Certified faculty and other educators use the VALUE rubrics to score samples of student work that have been collected and uploaded to a digital repository by participating institutions, departments, programs, states, consortia, and other providers. Revealing the national landscape of student achievement of the Essential Learning Outcomes of a liberal education and enabling examination of achievement disaggregated by various student subgroups, the VALUE Institute provides systematic information on the quality of student learning in higher education.
ePortfolios are electronic repositories of student work that has been collected over time. They enable students to reflect on their personal and academic growth and to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities for purposes such as graduate school and job applications. When combined with VALUE rubrics, ePortfolios provide a means for direct assessment of student work drawn from the curriculum, cocurriculum, and beyond the campus. To support this high-impact practice, AAC&U makes available several resources for practitioners and researchers.
A Decade of VALUE
Peer Review celebrates AAC&U’s VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) initiative’s first ten years. The issue features highlights of what we have learned from faculty VALUE rubric use and identifies emerging goals for the initiative’s future.
We Have a Rubric for That
The newest publication in a series of reports on the AAC&U Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) Initiative—We Have a Rubric for That: The VALUE Approach to Assessment—compiles ten years of evidence to provide an argument-based framework for the assessment of student learning in higher education using the VALUE rubrics. This publication...
On Solid Ground
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...