The VALUE of assessment

As we at King’s gear up for Assurance of Learning Day (a.k.a. Assessment Day), when we’ll hear from assessment expert Linda Suskie, lots of us have rubrics on our minds.

If you’re in the market for an easy-to-use rubric to help you assess students’ skills in a range of liberal learning areas, then you may want to take a look at the AAC&U LEAP initiative’s VALUE rubrics. AAC&U VP Terrel L. Rhodes explains the rationale and prospects for the rubrics in an article here. AAC&U has attempted to evaluate the rubrics’ reliability. The results of their study suggest that they are reliable.

In the theology department, we found the VALUE rubric for ethical reasoning to be a good model for formulating rubrics in moral theology, systematic theology, and biblical studies. When we meet tomorrow at Assurance of Learning Day, we’ll have a better sense for how useful these rubrics are for us.

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