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.
Through the LEAP States Initiative, educators in state systems and consortia work together in support of transformational change and educational alignment in order to raise the quality of college learning within and across individual states. LEAP States are structured as formal collaboratives and designated as LEAP States through an application process. AAC&U encourages all LEAP States to form partnerships across educational sectors and to engage P–16, civic, and business leaders.
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
First introduced in 2009 as an alternative to standardized tests, the VALUE rubrics are now at the center of conversations about the quality of student learning within and across higher education institutions. We Have a Rubric for That reports on the first decade of the Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE)...
On Solid Ground
Drawing from the first two years of data collection and analysis for the VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) initiative, this national report reveals the landscape of student performance on key learning outcomes—critical thinking, written communication, and quantitative literacy—that educators, employers, and...
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