Types of Learning Assessments

Assessments of Core Competencies and Program Goals
The core competencies of general education, academic majors, and high impact learning experiences are assessed on a regular and systematic basis, and the results inform curriculum improvements and program modifications. Learning goals for each academic major are also assessed in order to ensure our curricula have rigor and students are developing advanced cognitive abilities and deepening knowledge in their disciplines.

Certification and Licensing Exams
Students in education (teacher certification programs), actuarial science, accounting, and physical therapy complete the examinations required for either certification or licensure. LVC graduates consistently perform well on these tests.

Surveys and Course Evaluations
Standardized surveys, such as the National Survey of Student Engagement and the IDEA Survey of Student Ratings of Instruction, provide insight into student perceptions of their educational experience and allow us to benchmark our students’ response with those from peer institutions.

Capstone Experiences
Capstone experiences require students to integrate the knowledge, skills, and competencies developed in their programs of study. Internships, seminars, student teaching, clinical experiences, and a juried performance system are among the capstone experiences where students demonstrate the learning they’ve acquired at LVC.

Placement Tests
Placement exams are completed by entering freshmen to determine first-year language courses and calculus-readiness.

National Rankings and Additional Accreditations
U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" issue and guidebook has ranked LVC number two in the North in the 'Great Schools, Great Prices' category among 'Best Baccalaureate Colleges.' Also, LVC was again recognized by The Princeton Review as "A Best in the Northeast" college and Forbes named LVC on its list of "America's Top Colleges." Lebanon Valley College has specialized accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the American Chemical Society.