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Faculty Collaboratives Project Rubric

The Faculty Collaboratives Rubric is modeled on the VALUE rubrics.  Project leaders intend this rubric to help state teams assess their progress and make further plans for development and sustainability of the collaborative hub site and associated statewide network for faculty professional leadership and learning.

Definition

The integrative learning VALUE rubric serves as a template for the project rubric. Integrative learning is an understanding and a disposition that a student builds across the curriculum and co-curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.  This framework includes both knowledge and dispositional learning.  We assume that the state team is a collective student of faculty leadership and learning.  Development of a hub and statewide network for professional learning demand new and complex efforts.  Integrating the large-scale proficiency initiatives into this work helps with alignment and increases the challenge.

Project Overview

Overall, the project intends to help all faculty and all educators engage in high-quality teaching, learning, and assessment that is aligned and focused on achievement of essential college learning for all students. The project centers on the essential learning outcomes of AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise, the LEAP initiative.  The four essential learning outcomes of LEAP have come to represent a broadly held consensus on the aims and outcomes of liberal education in college. But the outcomes alone are insufficient to move action in states and systems.  The purpose of the project is to launch large-scale collaboration that begins with LEAP outcomes and enables faculty to use the frameworks and tools of an array of connected and aligned projects or initiatives—with particular emphasis on the Degree Qualifications Profile and Tuning, the VALUE rubrics for assessment, and new designs for general education now being explored by GEMs, General Education Maps and Markers. The project recommends leading the work through development of high-impact practices and signature, problem-centered assignments for all students.  In short, the collaborative effort meets faculty where they are and makes it possible for them to align their teaching for student success through engaged liberal learning—using the excellent frameworks, tools, and pedagogies now available.  This is an ambitious project to achieve high-quality learning for all students.  It carries a deep belief in equity for students and educators as key to the wellbeing of a modern pluralistic democracy.  In simplest terms, the project hopes to help all educators do a better job of working together for the students who embody our collective future.

Working in partnership across all Faculty Collaboratives states, the project state hubs welcome all faculty to join in professional development or, to put the highest goal forward in different language, in collaborative leadership and learning for liberal education.  The Faculty Collaboratives hubs serve both the needs of their state-based collaborative and the goals of the project as a whole.  With this partnership in mind, the project leadership is recommending that the hubs use the following guidelines for design and assessment of the hub.

WHAT IS a Faculty Collaborative HUB?

A virtual center with a public URL for communications and community organizing that is

  1. Easy to find online—with links to it readily available on related sites (a system site, for example)
  2. Created as a durable and resilient resource for the state and collaborative
  3. Welcoming to all faculty and all educators, using language that is appropriate to the context of the state collaborative and that gives a clear introduction to the larger project
  4. Explaining terms of art and acronyms so that visitors will feel welcome and informed
  5. Providing information about statewide or collaborative-wide activities or meetings for faculty leadership and learning, both connected to the project or convergent with it
  6. Offering social networking tools that facilitate communication, which may include a listserv, a Twitter feed, other news feeds, a blog or blogs, a chat function
  7. Presenting a news and information section, brief and cogent
  8. Connecting to other important networks in and beyond the state, including other state hubs and AAC&U
  9.  Housing or connecting to resources for educators in the state for collective impact
  10.  Striving to be visually attractive and inviting, creative and playful
  11.  Identifying the key participants—the liaison, hub director, and fellows