Rubrics are used to assess a variety of interactions including capstone projects, collections of student work (e.g. portfolios), direct observations of student behavior, evaluations of performance, external juried review of student projects, photo and music analysis, and student performance, to name a few. The main advantages of rubrics are that they help standardize assessment of more subjective learning outcomes, such as critical thinking or interpersonal skills, and they are easy for practitioners to use and understand. Rubrics clearly articulate the criteria used to evaluate students.

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Why Rubrics?   


RCampus’ iRubricA free online resource that helps create rubrics in a collaborative learning environment.

Texas A&M University has rubrics for 15 different leadership competency areas, including communication, delegation, and project management. View Texas A&M’s full set of rubrics.  

American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has rubrics that cover areas such as information literacy, teamwork, and civic engagement, to name a few. View AAC&U Value Rubrics. Each VALUE rubric contains the most common and broadly shared criteria or core characteristics considered critical for judging the quality of student work in that outcome area. Outcome areas are divided into the following three categories. Please click on the individual outcomes below for a pdf of the rubric.

Intellectual and Practical Skills: Creative Thinking     Written Communication     Information Literacy   Teamwork   Critical Thinking     Problem Solving     Quantitative Literacy     Oral Communication     Inquiry  Analysis     Reading

Personal and Social Responsibility: Ethical Reasoning     Intercultural Knowledge     Civic Engagement

Integrative and Applied Learning: Integrative Learning  

PSU University Studies Rubrics for 4 UNST Goals: Inquiry and Critical Thinking, the Diversity of the Human Experience, and Ethics and Social Responsibility