Assessment of undergraduate student learning outcomes is an important component of assisting students in making progress towards their degrees and their postgraduate future. Specific student learning outcomes are also a required part of the application for the QEP awards: Enhancement and Program Innovation. These rubrics should prove invaluable when developing the student learning outcomes and assessment methodology for the QEP awards.
The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) began the VALUE Rubric Development Project in 2007-09. The VALUE initiative involved teams of faculty and other educational professionals from over 100 higher education institutions engaged over many months to develop 16 VALUE rubrics for the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. Each rubric was developed from the most frequently identified characteristics or criteria of learning for each of the 16 learning outcomes. Drafts of each rubric were then tested by faculty with their own students’ work on over 100 college campuses.
This link will take you to the AAC&U website where you can learn more about the VALUE rubrics. AAC&U encourages faculty and staff to revise the rubrics as necessary to meet the needs of your discipline, program or course. Below are the available rubrics.
Integrative and Applied Learning
Intellectual and Practical Skills
- Inquiry and analysis
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Written communication
- Oral communication
- Quantitative literacy
- Information literacy
- Problem solving
Personal and Social Responsibility
- Civic engagement-local and global
- Intercultural knowledge and competence
- Ethical reasoning
- Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
- Global learning
- All Rubrics on one pdf
Resources available through AAC&U
- Integrative Learning: Mapping the Terrain
- Personal Development VALUE Rubric
- College Leaning for the New Global Century (AAC&U Employer Survey)
Resources related to employment of graduates
- Are They Ready to Work?
- Chronicle of Higher Education Employers Survey
- Zogby Survey Executive Summary
- Enhancing Employability
- The Graduate Attributes We’ve Overlooked
- Predictors for Success
- Principles and Practices for Integrative Liberal Learning
- Successful Lecturing