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Case Study: Using the Pluralism and Worldview Engagement Rubric

Rubrics are versatile tools for interfaith assessment that can be used to understand students’ development and guide educators in designing strategically sequenced learning experiences. The Pluralism and Worldview Engagement Rubric is designed to help campus educators identify and measure students’ learning, growth, and engagement across lines of religious, spiritual, and secular difference.  It can be used for curricular and/or co-curricular interfaith initiatives, and can be adapted to suit context (e.g., graduate or undergraduate, private or public).

To help you navigate this resource, below we have included a title and brief description of each section within this resource.

  • The Pluralism and Worldview Engagement Rubric: This section discusses the history of the Pluralism Rubric and gives an overview of how it is currently constructed.
  • Using the Pluralism Rubric at the University of Southern California—A Case Study in Interfaith Assessment: The majority of this resource focuses on scholar practitioner, Sable Manson, and her use of the Pluralism Rubric.
    • Measuring Interfaith Cooperation: Explores the scales used to measure interfaith.
    • Developing Meaningful Assessment Measures & Connecting with Faculty: Discusses how Sable connected with faculty in a business course.
    • Bridging the Curricular to the Experiential: Explains how Sable worked to create a seamless learning experience that bridged the curricular and co-curricular.
    • Applying the Rubric: Shares how the rubric was used in the course and program.
    • Adapting & Aligning the Rubric for Assessment: chronicles how the rubric was adjusted to fit programmatic and curricular needs.
  • Case Study Insights: Important insights gleaned from the case study.
  • Appendix: Includes two examples of adapted criterion from the Pluralism Rubric.