VALUE Rubrics

JANUARY 2018 – AAC&U VALUE Rubric Calibration Training is now open!

AAC&U is seeking volunteers to participate in their 2018 VALUE Rubric Calibration Training held from March through June.  This represents a wonderful faculty development opportunity, as individuals who complete the training and meet our calibration standards can be “certified” as VALUE Rubric Scorers and may be invited to score student work submitted to the inaugural year of the VALUE Institute –  The number of certified scorers for each learning rubric depends on the number of student artifacts submitted and the number of scorers available.  (NOTE:  Every certified scorer who completes scoring of their agreed upon artifacts for the VALUE Institute will receive a stipend for their work.)

This year, participants will be trained on one of the following VALUE rubrics:

  • Critical thinking
  • Written communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Civic engagement
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Global learning

If you would like to have your name added to the list for participation in AAC&U’s 2018 VALUE Rubric Calibration Training, or need additional information, please send an email to Wende Garrison, Director of VALUE Institute Calibration Training, at  You will be notified of your acceptance into the training

Overview: 5 things you need to know

  1. VALUE is an acronym for Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education and a campus-based assessment initiative sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as a signature initiative of the LEAP Project (Liberal Education and America’s Promise).
  2. Sixteen VALUE Rubrics were developed by teams of faculty and others from institutions across the country to assess Essential Learning Outcomes for student success. AAC&U conducted validity and reliability testing as well.
  3. VALUE Rubrics were designed to be used as a component of an institution- or program-level assessment strategy. Ideally, collections of student work, such as E-portfolios are assessed by multiple raters to determine student proficiency. However, these rubrics can be adapted to assess individual student artifacts.
  4. The VALUE Rubrics are also aligned with the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) proficiencies for student achievement at the associate and baccalaureate levels.
  5. Several of the VALUE Rubrics or components of the rubrics align with the Texas Core Objectives.  Examples include Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, Written Communication, and Teamwork.

Learn more

Many free, downloadable resources and other reasonably priced publications are available from the AAC&U website:

Two key downloadable resources are:

  1. The actual VALUE Rubrics
  2. Campus case studies (including two in Texas)

Three free resources that will help you learn more about the Essential Learning Outcomes, LEAP, and the DQP are:

  1. Essential Learning Outcomes
  2. Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP):
  3. The Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) – also take a look at information on the DQP produced by LeapTX:

VALUE Rubrics White Paper Series

VALUE Rubrics: Valuable Tools for Improving Teaching and Learning

In Texas

While we think of rubrics as assessment instruments, they are much more thaPart 2: VALUE Rubrics and the Texas Core Objectivesn that.  All rubrics, including these VALUE rubrics, serve as important teaching/learning tools.  Given that the implementation of the Texas Core Curriculum is in its early stages, these VALUE Rubrics help answer key questions that guide the development of assignments and other learning activities.  Three key questions are:

  1. What are some of the performance indicators/criteria associated with a learning outcome?

  2. What constitutes exemplary, competent, and/or other levels of performance?

  3. What abilities and/or behaviors are students expected to demonstrate?

Once you download these VALUE Rubrics, you’ll see that they include 4 to 6 performance indicators, 4 levels of performance, and within each cell, the expected abilities/behaviors that demonstrate these indicators and levels. Also included with each rubric is a page of helpful definitions, framing language, and a glossary of terms.

Additional resources


On Solid Ground. (2017). Washington, DC: AAC&U.

Rhodes, T.L. & Finley, A. (2013). Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment. AAC&U: Washington, DC.

Peer Review, Vol 13, No. 4/Vol 14, 1 Fall 2011/Winter 2012.  This entire issue is devoted to “Assessing Liberal Education Outcomes Using VALUE Rubrics.”

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Dr. Doyle Carter

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