UH West Oʻahu’s Director of Assessment, Evaluation, and Accreditation, Sharon A. Latkovich Valente, recently completed seven weeks of training and is now recognized as a Certified Scorer for the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ VALUE Institute.
As a VALUE Institute Certified Scorer, Valente will assist in the scoring of a national sample of student writing artifacts, providing valuable feedback to participating institutions. This is a preliminary step in an investigation of the potential participation of UH West Oʻahu in such assessments at some point in the future
The VALUE (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) Institute is a resource for higher education institutions to document, report, and use learning outcomes evidence to improve student success. VALUE assesses student learning using evidence such as papers and assignments produced by students that demonstrate achievement of specific learning outcomes, as opposed to measuring student learning through standardized tests that are divorced from curriculum.
The evidence of learning will include the ability to examine learning achievement across student population groups, e.g. first generation, gender, racial and ethnic groups, year in school, etc., as well as reveal the nationwide landscape of learning benchmarks of achievement across Essential Learning Outcomes encompassed in the Degree Qualifications Profile and AAC&U’s LEAP Initiative.