Guided by the accreditation principles developed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Longwood University has actively engaged in assessing "college-level general education competencies and the extent to which students have attained them" (The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, SACSCOC, 2012, p.29). SACSCOC principle 3.4.10 also states that the "institution places primary responsibility for the content, quality, and effectiveness of the curriculum with its faculty." (p. 29) The determination of learning outcomes and decisions on assessment methods and measures are the responsibility of faculty members with support for and coordination of the assessment process provided by the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research staff.
What are core competencies?
As defined by the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education in 1999, these are areas of knowledge and skills that cross the bounds of academic discipline, degree major, and institutional mission to comprise basic competencies that should be achieved by all students completing a degree program at a Commonwealth institution of higher education - namely, *Information Technology Literacy, Written Communication, Quantitative Reasoning, Scientific Reasoning, Critical Thinking, and Oral Communication. (*choice of ITL or other competency identified by the institution)
Longwood's identified competencies are: