Current Core Rubric Examples

Rubrics provide an explicit definition of expectations and requirements which makes them a useful conduit for communicating. When a common rubric is shared among a grading team, it facilitates consistency; when it is shared with students, it helps to remove ambiguity regarding the expectations and requirements for a project.

The following are links to a diverse set of rubrics designed by faculty at other institutions. Although your particular field of study and type of assessment activity may not be represented currently, viewing a rubric that is designed for a similar activity may provide you with ideas on how to divide your task into components and how to describe the varying levels of mastery.

Paper Assignments

Oral Presentations

Class Participation/Contributions

  • Example 1: Discussion Class This rubric assesses the quality of student contributions to class discussions. This is appropriate for an undergraduate-level course, CMU.
  • Example 2: Advanced Seminar This rubric is designed for assessing discussion performance in an advanced undergraduate or graduate seminar.


Other examples