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Lebanon Valley College Accreditation Reaffirmed by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
07.08.13 |
Lebanon Valley College's accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has been reaffirmed just eight months after the College was placed on warning because of a lack of effective assessment programs. The Commission voted to remove the warning and reaffirm reaccreditation at its June 27 session.

"This is the best possible outcome we could have hoped for," said Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne, LVC president. "The entire campus community worked diligently together over a period of eight months to strengthen a culture of assessment at the College. I am confident that this cultural change will result in an even more impactful learning experience for our students."

In a June 28 letter to Dr. Thayne, MSCHE president Dr. Barbara Gitenstein wrote that the Commission acted to remove the warning and reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). The Commission conducts a review of the College every 10 years to determine if the institution is in compliance with the 14 standards required by the accrediting body.

Lebanon Valley College was placed on warning in July 2012 and was given a period of two years to implement required and recommended changes on campus that would satisfy the Commission's standards relating to assessment. It is unusual for accreditation to be reaffirmed so quickly.

"It is a credit to the focus of our innovative and strategic faculty and administration that the College's accreditation was reaffirmed in less than a year," Thayne said. "Over the course of the next year, we will continue to work together to further strengthen the processes and planning that efforts in assessment and institutional effectiveness put into place."

The College has been accredited by MSCHE since 1922. Its physical therapy, music, business, and chemistry programs are also accredited by outside bodies including the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, National Association of Schools of Music, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and the American Chemical Society.

For more information about the College's response to the MSCHE warning and its process for reaffirming accreditation, please visit

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