New – The VALUE Institute is now available for sign-up and registration.

The VALUE Institute: Learning Outcomes Assessment at its Best - AAC&U is working in partnership with Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research to establish the VALUE Institute, which will be a continuing resource for higher education institutions to document, report, and use learning outcomes evidence to improve student success in college. Higher education institutions are invited to participate in the VALUE Institute by collecting samples of student work, uploading the work into the digital repository and having the work scored using the VALUE rubrics by certified VALUE Institute faculty scorers. Participating institutions receive data and reports from the tested VALUE nationwide database for benchmarking student learning.

What Do I do if interested? If your institution/program has an interest in participating in the VALUE Institute, please review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the VALUE Institute, consult with colleagues and decide to register if this is right for you and your campus. - Click here to register.

What is VALUE?
VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) is a campus-based assessment approach developed and lead by AAC&U as part of its Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative. VALUE rubrics provide needed tools to assess students’ own authentic work, produced across students’ diverse learning pathways, fields of study and institutions, to determine whether and how well students are meeting graduation level achievement in learning outcomes that both employers and faculty consider essential. Teams of faculty and other educational professionals from institutions across the country—two- and four-year, private and public, research and liberal arts, large and small—developed rubrics for sixteen Essential Learning Outcomes that all students need for success in work, citizenship, and life. The VALUE rubrics are being used to help institutions demonstrate, share, and assess student accomplishment of progressively more advanced and integrative learning.

Since their release in the fall of 2009, the rubrics have become a widely referenced and utilized form of assessment on campuses across the United States and internationally.  As of December 2015, the rubrics have been accessed by more than 42,000 individuals from more than 4,200 unique institutions, including more than 2,800 colleges and universities.  The VALUE rubrics have also been approved for use in meeting national standards for accountability established by the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA), and are used in all regional and some professional self-study reports and reviews for accreditation. 

The VALUE rubrics include Inquiry and Analysis, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Written Communication, Oral Communication, Quantitative Literacy, Information Literacy, Reading, Teamwork, Problem Solving, Civic Knowledge and Engagement—Local and Global, Intercultural Knowledge and Competence, Ethical Reasoning and Action, Global Learning, Foundations and Skills for Lifelong Learning, and Integrative Learning.

Interest in the VALUE rubrics has grown at institutions in countries around the world. In Japan, the VALUE rubrics have been translated into Japanese to facilitate use in colleges and universities.