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VALUE Rubrics: Assessing Student Learning and Graduation Preparedness


The VALUE rubrics were developed by teams of faculty experts representing colleges and universities across the United States through a process that examined many existing campus rubrics and related documents for each learning
outcome and incorporated additional feedback from faculty. The rubrics articulate fundamental criteria for each learning outcome, with performance descriptors demonstrating progressively more sophisticated levels of attainment. The
rubrics are intended for institutional-level use in evaluating and discussing student learning, not for grading. The core expectations articulated in all 15 of the VALUE rubrics can and should be translated into the language of individual
campuses, disciplines, and even courses.

These rubrics can be adapted to individual courses and assignments to provide for better grading and evaluation of student efforts, or elements can be used to create or improve the existing rubrics already used by educators. The rubrics are focused in the following 16 areas:
  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Reading
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Civic Engagement
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
  • Global learning
  • Integrative learning


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