Press Release

The VALUE Institute Launches as Higher Education’s Most Comprehensive Resource for Student Learning Assessment
Partnership Between AAC&U and Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research will Enable Institutions to Leverage Learning Outcomes Evidence to Improve Student Success

Contact: Anne Jenkins

Washington, DC—November 15, 2017—The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research (IU CPR) announced today the launch of the VALUE Institute, a continuing resource for higher education institutions to document, report, and use learning outcomes evidence to improve student success in college. The VALUE Institute takes to a nationwide scale the initial work done in collaboration with the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) association’s Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Quality Student Learning (MSC), the Minnesota Collaborative, the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) Collaborative, and nearly one hundred two- and four-year colleges and universities. The VALUE Institute, in tandem with IU CPR’s National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), will create the country’s most comprehensive resource for direct and indirect evidence of student learning in higher education.

The VALUE Institute assessment results will provide actionable information about students’ learning to participating institutions and support capacity building for faculty, institutions, and policy makers on how to use VALUE evidence to support student success and effective pedagogy.

“The work of the VALUE Institute in promoting student success and faculty development is more critical than ever, and we are proud to partner with IU CPR in expanding the reach of AAC&U’s groundbreaking assessment initiatives,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella.

VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) is a campus-based approach to student learning assessment developed and led by AAC&U. 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. VALUE rubrics are used to help institutions demonstrate, share, and assess student accomplishment of progressively more advanced and integrative learning.

With no other existing available model for this important work, the VALUE Institute is uniquely positioned to provide evidence that allows faculty, institutional leaders, accreditors, policy makers, and even students themselves to assess and improve the levels of achievement on a set of cross-cutting competencies important for all disciplines.

“We are very excited to partner with AAC&U for this project as the externally validated results from the VALUE Institute, especially when combined with information about the student experience, will offer institutions and other higher education providers a particularly powerful means to improve their students’ learning and development,” said IU CPR Director Thomas Nelson Laird.

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 by certified VALUE Institute faculty scorers. Participating institutions receive data and reports from the tested VALUE nationwide database for benchmarking student learning.

For more information about the VALUE Institute and how to participate, visit

For more information about AAC&U’s VALUE approach to assessment, visit


About AAC&U

AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises nearly 1,400 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

AAC&U functions as a catalyst and facilitator, forging links among presidents, administrators, and faculty members who are engaged in institutional and curricular planning. Its mission is to reinforce the collective commitment to liberal education and inclusive excellence at national, local, and global levels, and to help individual institutions keep the quality of student learning at the core of their work as they evolve to meet new economic and social challenges. Information about AAC&U membership, programs, and publications can be found at

About Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research

Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) promotes student success and institutional excellence by conducting and disseminating research on student access, assessment, engagement, and persistence and by assisting postsecondary institutions and related agencies in gathering and using data for educational decision making and institutional improvement. CPR, a research center of the Indiana University School of Education, is home to an array of nationally prominent projects, including the National Survey of Student Engagement, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the National Institute for Transformation and Equity, and now the VALUE Institute, that serve thousands of institutions, practitioners, and scholars every year. Information about CPR projects can be found at

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