From a 12/15/2009 webcast, Terry Rhodes,Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment at AAC&U:
Questioner: “How is VALUE & Power of Rubrics to assess learning playing in the VSA [Volunteer System of Accountability] Sphere?”
Rhodes: [VSA is ] very concerned about comparability among institutions, but they have indicated they would love campuses to use rubrics and to report on them, but they want to have some way that they can provide comparability. I think again the work that is going on at Washington State begins to provide a way to do that. It’s not necessarily a score but is a wonderful rich way to provide the multiplicity and multiple dimensions of learning in a graphic way that is easily represented and easily communicated.
Questioner: “Are there any accreditor responses to the use of rubrics (vs VSA test scores) share?”
Rhodes: “All of the accrediting workshops at SACS at Middle States–are very heavy into that. Northwest is one area that has lagged a little behind on this, but I think with Washington State pushing them they are going to get more enthusiastic. All of the accreditors have actually viewed rubrics, and the use of them, and the reporting of learning using rubrics as much more useful for campuses than a single test score.