Writing Student Learning Outcomes

Selecting Appropriate Methods of Assessing Learning

Using Rubrics

Introduction to Rubrics


The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has produced a series of widely accepted rubrics intended for use in undergraduate programs. Each rubric is developmental, designed to measure student progress through the baccalaureate experience.

Civic EngagementCreative Thinking
Critical ThinkingEthical Reasoning
Foundations and Skills for Lifelong LearningGlobal Learning
Information LiteracyIntegrative Learning
Intercultural Knowledge and CompetenceInquiry and Analysis
Oral CommunicationProblem Solving
Quantitative LiteracyReading
TeamworkWritten Communication

Reprinting the VALUE Rubrics for Educational Purposes: Individuals are welcome to reproduce the VALUE rubrics for use in the classroom, on educational web sites, and in campus intra-institutional publications. Please be sure to credit AAC&U using the following permission statement: “Reprinted with permission from “VALUE: Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education.” Copyright 2017 by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Many institutions have adapted the VALUE rubrics to fit their specific needs:

Other Rubrics

Rubrics for Evaluating Language Proficiency
Rubrics for Evaluating Writing

Classroom Assessment for Student Learning

Other Institution Assessment Practices

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment is a rich source of information on assessment practices at other institutions. This site contains hundreds of examples of assessment manuals, student learning outcomes plans and reports for various disciplines, and templates.

Taskstream for Assessment@Carolina

UNC-Chapel Hill has adopted Taskstream as its Accountability Management System (AMS) for Assessment@Carolina. Taskstream is a web-based system for academic and administrative assessment and reporting that will support Carolina in moving from a from a paper-based system to a more centralized, electronic process with built-in review cycles. You can learn more about Taskstream by visiting their website.

This new system will enable Carolina stakeholders to more efficiently track student-learning outcomes and demonstrate how assessment data is used for continuous improvement. As we move forward with implementing Taskstream campus-wide during 2017, programs and units will be able access and update their assessment planning and reporting information at any time. Currently, assessment plans and data from 2015-16 have been captured in Taskstream for archiving and assessment purposes.