Learning Outcomes

Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) Initiative, 2015–Present

In 2015–2016, UMass Amherst participated in the multi-state, multi-institutional VALUE Initiative to assess student learning outcomes. In this report, we provide background on the national project and the decision to participate in it, briefly highlight findings, and then explain in more detail the nature of our participation and lessons learned.

Report on UMass Amherst’s Participation in the Second Pilot Year, 2016-2017
Final UMass Amherst VALUE Initiative Participation Report, 2016

2017-2018 VALUE Initiative Information

OAPA sent an invitation to all instructors teaching upper-level (300 or higher) courses to participate in this year’s VALUE Institute. (See the memo below for additional information about this invitation.) One-hundred pieces of advanced student work from twenty-one upper level courses were randomly selected and submitted for scoring on Critical Thinking and Written Communication for the national project.

This work was also scored internally by a group of UMass Amherst instructors as was 100 pieces  of first year students’ work collected from first-year writing courses in collaboration with the University’s Writing Program. For the internal assessment, scorers used a hybrid Critical Thinking and Written Communication rubric being developed by UMass Amherst faculty and staff. The design of this campus-based rubric has been informed by both the VALUE rubrics and our campus-based VALUE Institute scoring experiences.