General Education Program

Rubrics by Goal

The Association of American Colleges and Universities, in collaboration with faculty from across the country, have developed a series of rubrics that describe each goal and how they can be assessed.

Click on the links below to open the VALUE Rubric for each goal.

1. engage in articulate expression through effective writing—develop and express ideas that meet disciplinary conventions and the expectations of college-level readers.

2. engage in articulate expression through effective speaking—present ideas and information to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors

3. think critically and creatively—explore issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion; combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways; and think, react, and work in an imaginative way characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.

4. locate, evaluate, and use information effectively—know when there is a need for information, and then identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand.

5. integrate and apply different areas of knowledge and multiple perspectives to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus—correlate and synthesize facts, basic concepts, and disparate knowledge for application within and beyond the campus; make sense of a variety of data and experiences and address issues in a more effective way than can be accomplished from one field of study or perspective.

6. engage in ethical reasoning—recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, identify the ethical values that shape choices, assess the consequences of those choices, and understand alternate value perspectives.

7. work collaboratively in teams—collaborate in defining the plan for the team, contribute during team meetings, facilitate the contributions of team members, complete a proportional share of the work outside of team meetings, foster a constructive team climate, and help manage and resolve conflict.

8. solve problems by designing, evaluating and implementing a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal—define a problem, identify strategies, propose solutions/hypotheses, evaluate potential solutions, implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes.

9. develop knowledge, skills and attitudes for civic responsibility—recognize social responsibilities to local and global communities, and participate actively and intentionally in individual and collective actions to fulfill these social obligations.

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