Assessment and VALUE

AAC&U develops and advances assessment practices that deepen, integrate, and demonstrate student learning, through advocacy of learning-centered assessment policies, support for campus work to develop meaningful assessment approaches, and experimentation with common e-portfolio frameworks. Through its ground-breaking national initiative, VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education), AAC&U has worked with faculty and assessment expert teams across the country to develop a set of 16 rubrics through which institutions can evaluate cross-cutting capacities students develop across courses and programs. More than 2000 institutions are currently using VALUE rubrics as part of their assessment plans. AAC&U has also developed the “Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory,” a campus climate tool designed to assess various campus constituents’ perceptions regarding opportunities for education for personal and social responsibility.

Campus Models and Case Studies

The VALUE Institute: Assessment as Transformative Faculty Development

Figure 1. The Sixteen VALUE Rubrics Intellectual and Practical Skills Inquiry and analysis Critical thinking Creative thinking Written communication Oral communication Reading Quantitative literacy... Read More

Online Learning with a SOUL: Ensuring Quality and Access at The American Women’s College

Students in the all-women undergraduate program at Bay Path University often talk about the “sisterhood” and the supportive environment fostered by their instructors, administrators, and each other... Read More
Hamline University

Minnesota Collaborative Builds Campus Cultures of Assessment

In the summer of 2014, representatives from ten Minnesota institutions came together with a singular purpose: to build and strengthen a culture of assessment on their campuses. These campuses formed... Read More
St. Cloud State University

Faculty Energize University-Wide Assessment at St. Cloud State

At many colleges and universities, the introduction of a new assessment project is met with something less than enthusiasm by faculty. At St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, however, university... Read More

Collaborating for Transfer Student Success at Mount Wachusett Community College and Fitchburg State University

A positive trend in recent years has been the move by many colleges and universities toward integrated curricula through which students forge connections between general education and the major and... Read More