The Aurora Competence Framework (ACF) offers diverse tools to help academic teachers to articulate learning outcomes, integrate them into their regular classes and assess the actual development of the identified competences.

The Aurora Competence Framework (ACF) is a toolbox designed to support Aurora universities in transforming their institution towards Aurorarization. This includes in particular, our ability to:

  • Equip students with the skills and mindset to help address key societal challenges through social entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Allow students and faculty from different Aurora universities to meet and learn from each other across language and national boundaries.
  • Encourage cross-disciplinary learning that applies both disciplinary subject matters knowledge and fundamental transversal competences.

Educators can use the tools in the ACF to plan learning environments, courses or learning tasks and measure student status quo and development. It helps teachers reflect on their pedagogical practices and outcomes. It provides a common language in relation to academic and personal competencies needed for social entrepreneurship and innovation.

Students benefit from the tools in the ACF through increased awareness about their own ability to address societal challenges through their professional life. They also allow students to reflect on an increasingly complex life and work environment.

University administrators will find the tools in the ACF useful to manage student interaction within an international and multicultural context. The tools provide measures that allow strategic diagnosis and longitudinal student development and growth scales. They also allow the planning of curriculum development and faculty training. Furthermore, they provide a possibility to measure effectiveness.

The ACF consists of three tools:


The Learning Outcomes in University education for Impact of Society (LOUIS) tool provides educators with a common language to define foundational academic and personal competences and their different levels of competence via descriptive progressive performance descriptors. It is a teaching & learning development tool for general academic and (intra)personal competences. LOUIS uses the VALUE approach of the AACU (American Association of Colleges and Universities) and adapts it for Aurora. It aims for curricular embedding of a broad range of competences beyond subject expertise.


The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Scales to Measure Impact Competences (SEISMIC) defines and measures competences of students to become social entrepreneurs and sustainability innovators via online surveys. Applied ex ante and ex post, the tool allows university administrators to measure the change in SEISMIC competences, providing useful information to study boards.


The Beliefs, Events, Values Inventory (BEVI) Scales provide a profile of the characteristics of the course participant (based on an online survey of each participant), making visible the classroom heterogeneity considering disciplinary, national, cultural, and social backgrounds. By discussing the BEVI profile in class, educators can raise students’ awareness of different perspectives to state or even voice their beliefs and values.