General Education Assessment

General education is that portion of the collegiate experience that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values characteristic of educated persons. It is unbounded by disciplines and honors the connections among bodies of knowledge. VCCS degree graduates will demonstrate competency in the following general education areas: communication, critical thinking, cultural and social understanding, information literacy, personal development, quantitative reasoning, and scientific reasoning. (VCCS Policy

The College assesses graduating students every year on at least one of the general education competencies. Beginning in the fall 2014 semester, a sample of new degree-seeking students are also assessed on the same competencies as graduates in order to compare results.

As stated in the College Catalog and Student Handbook, graduating students are required to complete the assessment as part of earning an associate degree with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Students who have submitted an application for graduation are notified of the need to complete the assessment during the first part of the spring semester in which they are graduating.

Schedule of General Education Competency Assessment Testing
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Quantitative Reasoning Oral Communication Scientific Reasoning
Information Literacy Written communication Critical Thinking
Personal Wellness
Social Cultural Understanding