VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education
As part of the VALUE project, teams of faculty and other academic and student affairs professionals engaged in an iterative process over eighteen months wherein they gathered, analyzed, synthesized, and then drafted institutional level rubrics (and related materials) for 15 of the AAC&U Essential Learning Outcomes, creating the set of VALUE rubrics that appears below. The rubric development teams relied on existing campus rubrics when available, other organizational statements on outcomes, experts in the respective fields and faculty feedback from campuses throughout the process. Each VALUE rubric contains the most common and broadly shared criteria or core characteristics considered critical for judging the quality of student work in that outcome area.
The VALUE rubrics reflect faculty expectations for essential learning across the nation regardless of type of institution, mission, size or location. In several cases, outcomes that AAC&U paired in the Essential Learning Outcomes (e.g., written and oral communication) have been separated with the intent of developing individual VALUE rubrics for each.
The VALUE Initiative is in the process of piloting and validating the metarubrics through using them to assess the quality of different pieces of work in students' electronic portfolios from our VALUE Leadership Campuses and some of our Partner Campuses.