LVC Assessment Activity Timeline

May 17
Academic Affairs Council holds all-day retreat to organize assessment efforts, including institutional effectiveness.

June 28

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE or Middle States) places LVC on accreditation warning because the College is not in compliance with two MSCHE assessment standards: Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning).

June 29
MSCHE sends notification letter to then LVC President Stephen MacDonald.

July 2
A full-time director of institutional research is hired.

July 5-19
Individual training sessions are conducted for academic affairs administrators and staff (including coordinators of part-time graduate programs) regarding the assessment of student learning and program effectiveness.

August 1
Dr. Lewis E. Thayne becomes 18th president of LVC.

Drafts of annual assessment reports are submitted to Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and Dr. Ann Damiano, associate dean of academic affairs. Drafts are reviewed and returned to each unit head for revision.

August 2
Dr. Debra Klinman, Middle States vice president, visits LVC to further explain the action taken by Middle States. (See Klinman Letter).

August 3
Greg Krikorian, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, attends Student Government meeting to review Middle States and assessment activities. President Thayne and Dr. Michael Green, LVC vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, meet with Student Government as well later in the month.

August 6
Conference call is held with Linda Suskie, former Middle States vice president. LVC engages Suskie to serve as an assessment consultant.

August 7
Select LVC employees attend the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) Assessment Workshop held near Harrisburg and hear keynote speaker, Linda Suskie.

August 13
LVC General Officers hold campus retreat to discuss Middle States and assessment.

August 14
The Academic Assessment Committee begins meeting. The first order of business is the August 23 faculty development day and the assessment of general education competencies.

August 15
Bob Mikus, associate dean of student affairs and deputy Title IX coordinator, presents a session on assessment/learning outcomes in the co-curricular experience during the annual Office of Student Affairs retreat.

The General Education Advisory Board meets to review plans for assessing general education competencies.

August 16
LVC Academic Affairs Council holds campus retreat to discuss Middle States and assessment.

Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC president, summarizes the Middle States situation in a letter to College’s Board of Trustees and campus community.

Greg Krikorian, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, and Bob Mikus, associate dean of student affairs and deputy Title IX coordinator, spend a half-day in consultation with Dr. Fletcher McClellan, dean of academic affairs at Elizabethtown College. McClellan provides guidance on best practices in assessment of student learning.

The Office of Student Affairs begins ongoing phone consultations with Dr. Gavin Henning, nationally known expert in student affairs assessment and planning. Henning was recommended by Linda Suskie, former Middle States vice president and current LVC consultant, to serve as a source to assist the Office of Student Affairs staff in assessment of student learning during co-curricular experiences.

August 17
Weekly Friday meeting of the General Officers is expanded to include additional LVC staff to develop Middle States action and resource plan. This larger group meets each week thereafter.

August 20
LVC receives preliminary report from Linda Suskie. Her preliminary report is based on LVC’s Middle States Self-Study Report, Middle States Evaluation Team Report, Middle States Commission Report, and the LVC Strategic Plan.

August 21
Dr. Michael Green, LVC vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC president, meet with the Executive Committee of the Faculty to discuss Middle States, assessment, and LVC’s Faculty Committee structure.

August 22
Inaugural meeting of the Student Affairs Assessment Committee is held.

August 23
LVC faculty holds all-day campus retreat to discuss assessment initiatives.

August 24
Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC president, discusses Middle States and assessment during annual Opening Breakfast for the community.

Established a Planning and Assessment System Evaluation Task Force charged with evaluating and recommending a planning and assessment system to the president and General Officers.

August 27
General Officers conduct additional meeting to discuss Middle States and assessment.

August 28

Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, meets with Executive Committee of the Faculty to discuss committee restructuring.

Dr. Gavin Henning, a nationally known expert in student affairs assessment and planning who serves as a consultant to the Office of Student Affairs, presents his preliminary report to LVC.

August 30
Faculty conducts a professional meeting to discuss a committee restructuring model.

August 31
General Officers conduct a planning meeting to discuss Middle States and assessment.

Final drafts of annual assessment reports in academic affairs are submitted.

September-Ongoing
College staff conduct meetings with academic departments, graduate directors, and advisory committees to provide formative development in effective assessment practices and to review assessment reports.

September 4
The Academic Assessment Committee begins its review of assessment reports.

September 4-17
Planning initiated for assessing student interns and the internship experience.

September 6
Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and Dr. Ann Damiano, associate dean of academic affairs, meet with all academic department chairs to discuss assessment initiatives and committee restructuring.

Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC president; Greg Krikorian, vice president of student affairs and dean of students; and, Marty Parkes, executive director of marketing and communications, meet with Missy Zellner ’13, perspectives editor of the LVC student newspaper, La Vie Collegienne, to discuss Middle States and assessment.

September 7
General Officers conduct a planning meeting to discuss Middle States and assessment.

Faculty complete curriculum maps, submit revised goals and objectives, identify where in their majors they develop core competencies, and submit syllabi that include clearly stated objectives aligned with IDEA objectives.

September 10
Linda Suskie visits campus for a day of meetings and presentations.

Faculty begin implementing assessments of general education in key courses.

September 10-14
Planning and Assessment System Evaluation Task Force reviews three demonstrations from Strategic Planning Online, TracDat, and WEAVEonline.

September 11
General Officers meet to discuss Linda Suskie’s campus visit.

The Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the College’s Board of Trustees meets to discuss Middle States, assessment initiatives, and the campus visit by Linda Suskie.

September 12
Article, written by Missy Zellner ’13, about Middle States, appears in the LVC student newspaper, La Vie Collegienne. 

September 13
Dr. Lewis E. Thayne, LVC president, and Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, discuss Middle States and assessment initiatives with faculty and administration during the Faculty Business Meeting.

Dr. Gavin Henning, nationally known expert in student affairs assessment and planning, signs formal agreement to serve as LVC consultant for Office of Student Affairs.

September 17
Strategic Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees meets and reviews Linda Suskie’s feedback as well as future strategic planning needs.

September 17-21
Planning and Assessment System Evaluation Task Force tests three systems under consideration for use by the College. Several other members of the faculty also test the system.

September 19
Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees meets and reviews College assessment activities.

September 20
General Officers conduct a planning meeting to discuss Middle States and assessment.

September 21
Deb Fullam, vice president of finance, and Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, attend a Middle States Workshop on Institutional Effectiveness.

October 1
General Education Advisory Committee initiates a review of all courses awarding writing process, foreign studies, social diversity, and disciplinary perspectives credit.

October 4
Faculty Department Chair meeting held. Participants shared assessment processes for administrative areas in the academic affairs division. The process for data collection, annual reporting, action steps, and goal setting was explained.

October 9
Linda Suskie, former Middle States vice president and current LVC consultant, makes a second day-long campus visit to assess institutional progress toward Middle States compliance.

October 10
General Officers hold retreat on campus and review 2011-2012 division annual reports and revise 2012-2013 division and department goals.

October 12
Members of the campus committee on Middle States progress review a demonstration of TracDat, a comprehensive strategic planning and assessment management software tool.

Assessment reports from academic departments due to the Academic Assessment Committee.

October 14–16
Bob Mikus, associate dean of student affairs and deputy Title IX coordinator; Venus Ricks, director of multicultural affairs; Gwen Miller, associate director of career services; and Todd Snovel, associate director of student activities and engagement; attend Atlanta Conference on Co-Curricular Assessment.

October 20
College Board of Trustees meets on campus and reviews College assessment activities.

October 28 and 29
Frank Mols, director of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library, attended the Library Assessment Conference, hosted by the Association of Research Libraries, at the University of Virginia.

October 31
A task force created to establish two new, permanent committees holds its first meeting. Chaired by Bob Riley, vice president of administration and information technology, the task force will establish an Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) and a Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC).

November 5
The second meeting of the task force to establish an Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) and a Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) is held.

November 8 and 9
Dr. Gavin Henning, nationally known expert in student affairs assessment and planning and LVC consultant, coordinates an on-campus workshop.

November 17
Dr. Gavin Henning submits a site report from his visit. The report endorses efforts by the Division of Student Affairs to date, and informs their efforts for moving forward.

November 19
The College begins implementing its new TracDat Assessment Management System. This comprehensive web-based planning and assessment management software will facilitate the campus-wide collection and management of planning and assessment information.

November 21
The third meeting of the task force to establish an Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) and a Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) is held.

November 29
LVC faculty vote to approve a new faculty committee structure.

November 30
The campus committee on Middle States progress approves the task force's recommendation to establish two new, permanent committees: Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) and Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC). The campus committee also approves the proposed membership for the two new committees. 

The first draft of the Institutional Effectiveness Plan is completed and submitted to the campus committee on Middle States progress.

December 6 and 7
Dr. Lewis Thayne, LVC president, attends the Middle States Annual Conference.

December 7
The first draft of the charge for the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) is submitted to the campus committee on Middle States progress.

December 9-14
Examples of Direct Assessment for co-curricular student learning across divisions are due.

December 14
The first draft of the charge for the Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) is submitted to the campus committee on Middle States progress.

The final draft of the charge for the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) is submitted to the campus committee on Middle States progress.

The second draft of the Institutional Effectiveness Plan is reviewed.

January 9, 2013
The Office of Student Affairs held a half-day retreat to review assessment data and to continue development of division-wide assessment efforts moving forward.

January 11, 2013
Dr. Michael Green, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, and Dr. Ann Damiano, associate dean of academic affairs, distributed the initial draft of the Middle States monitoring report to the Middle States Response Team.

January 25, 2013
Middle States Response Team meets and reviews the seventh draft of the monitoring report.

February 28, 2013
Lebanon Valley College submits Middle States Monitoring Report to demonstrate compliance with Standards 7 and 14.

March 3-7, 2013
Greg Krikorian, vice president of student affairs and dean of students; Venus Ricks, director of multicultural affairs; and Mike Schoch, residential life area coordinator, attend the American College Personnel Association Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. They participated in several assessment-related sessions and met with Dr. Gavin Henning to review information in preparation for the small Middle States assessment visit to LVC on April 11 and 12.

March 11, 2013
The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) holds its first meeting to develop the College's 2013-2014 annual budget. PRAC undertakes a comprehensive review of detailed budget requests formulated by each general officer based on institutional strategic goals, divisional strategic goals, and assessment-based analysis of programs.

March 22, 2013
The Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) meets for a second time to continue development of the College’s 2013-2014 annual budget.

March 25, 2013
Faculty members Dr. Walter Patton, Dr. Marianne Goodfellow, and Dr. Matt Sayers lead a panel discussion about ways to customize the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) VALUE rubrics that were developed by teams of faculty experts across the country who reviewed existing campus rubrics and student learning outcomes. Panelists also shared ideas about rubrics they have designed and how using rubrics enhances the teaching/learning process.

March 27
SAAC and student affairs directors participated in a staff development session about alignment of College mission, strategic plan, divisional/departmental and student learning goals; budget update based on PRAC meetings; next steps strategic planning, data-based decision-making, and CAS standards. Plans were also made for a summer retreat to focus on continued development of assessment efforts.

March 28, 2013
President Thayne convenes a Town Hall meeting to prepare the campus community for the upcoming Middle States Small Team visit.

April 11 and 12, 2013
A small Middle States assessment team visits LVC.

May 22, 2013
College officers created a new "Resource Allocation" section of the assessment website that provides information about the College's budget and resource allocation processes.

June 9-11
Several members of the Office of Student Affairs staff participated in the planning and program for the NASPA Region II Conference held in New York City. Greg Krikorian served on the Conference and Program committees, Venus Ricks and Todd Snovel presented "Being One of None: Navigating Underrepresentation in Student Affairs"; Venus Ricks presented "Moving from Appreciation to Equality: Developing a Social Justice Leadership Program;" and Kate Maher and April Dixon served on the Program Committee.

June 27, 2013
Middle States removes the warning and reaffirms the College's accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning).