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Competency Assessment

The purpose of the competency assessment program is to determine undergraduate students’ level of knowledge and skills in these six areas:

  • Writing
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Scientific Reasoning
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Undergraduate Research

The University's competency assessment program is part of a statewide effort in Virginia, administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), to gather data and issue reports on the effectiveness of the Commonwealth's educational institutions. These competency assessments also serve to demonstrate compliance with the SACS-COC General Education Competency Standard.

Committees of faculty and administrators define the competencies and provide oversight for each of six competency assessments. The University's Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies administers the assessments, and the committees consider the findings and make recommendations. Results of the assessments are provided to deans and faculty to be used, as necessary, to improve the curriculum and teaching.

These competency assessments have been conducted since 2001-2002. Reports of completed assessments are available below.

Results of Past Competency Assessments

Critical Thinking

Oral Communication

Quantitative Reasoning

Scientific Reasoning


Information Technology Literacy

Undergraduate Research