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January 13, 2016
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CHEA Announces Winner of 2016 CHEA Award

(Washington, DC) – The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has announced the winner of the 2016 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes: Lebanon Valley College’s Chemistry Major.

In announcing the award winners, CHEA noted:

  • Lebanon Valley College, located in Annville, Pennsylvania, is a private nonprofit institution dedicated to the liberal arts. Currently, the college has approximately 1,600 full-time students, more than 100 part-time students and nearly 200 graduate students. The college offers 36 undergraduate majors as well as several graduate degree programs.

    The 2016 CHEA Award recognizes the college’s Chemistry major, which features an extensive set of external benchmarking exams and survey results to assess and track student outcomes throughout the four-year chemistry curriculum. Key data collected from these exams and surveys, along with other course-embedded measures, allow the Chemistry Department to undertake short- and long-term planning and implement changes to improve student learning outcomes.

“We applaud Lebanon Valley College’s Chemistry major for its use of student learning outcomes information,” said CHEA President Judith Eaton. “A key purpose of the CHEA Award is to share information about outstanding practices and provide concrete and workable examples that can help institutions and programs seeking to make gains in this important area.”

“I am honored that the LVC Chemistry Department was selected as the sole recipient of such a prestigious award, particularly considering previous winners include such excellent institutions as The Citadel, James Madison University, and St. Olaf College, among others,” said Dr. Marc Harris, chair and associate professor of chemistry. “Our department, with support from the College, has worked hard to establish a rich culture of using student assessment data to plan, improve, elevate, and promote our programs, and ensure that our students are fully prepared and empowered to meet the challenges presented in our globalized world.”

The CHEA Award was established in 2005 to recognize institutions that have been exceptional in developing and applying evidence of student learning outcomes to improve higher education quality and accountability. A committee selected from higher education institutions, accrediting organizations and the public judged the entries on the basis of four award criteria: 1) articulation and evidence of outcomes,
2) success with regard to outcomes, 3) information to the public about outcomes and 4) use of outcomes for educational improvement.
Representatives from Lebanon Valley College will receive the award at a ceremony to be held during the 2016 CHEA Annual Conference (January 25-27) at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC.

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