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Competency Assessment

Competency assessment at VMI is driven by a legislative mandate to engage in assessment of student achievement (Code of Virginia § 23.1-203)

The mandate is executed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in cooperation with public institutions of higher education. SCHEV’s policy on Student Learning Assessment and Quality in Undergraduate Education (2017) mandates that institutions assess student achievement in at least six competency areas. Four core competencies must be assessed by all institutions:

1. Civic Engagement
2. Critical Thinking
3. Quantitative Reasoning
4. Written Communication

Two additional competencies that reflect ongoing institutional priorities for student learning and development shall be selected by individual institutions. For VMI, these are:

5. Oral Communication
6. Scientific Reasoning

Data Collection & Reporting Schedule

VMI will report on two competencies each year according to the following cycle:

Competency Year Reported
Critical Thinking 2021-2022 (Repeats 2024-2025) 
Oral Communication 2021-2022 (Repeats 2024-2025) 
Written Communication  2022-2023 (Repeats 2025-2026) 
Scientific Reasoning  2022-2023 (Repeats 2025-2026) 
Civic Engagement  2023-2024 (Repeats 2026-2027) 
Quantitative Reasoning   2023-2024 (Repeats 2026-2027) 

*Reports are available based on the year reported

Assessment Reports

2018-19 Quantitative Reasoning and Civic Engagement [PDF]

2021-22 Oral Communication and Critical Thinking [PDF]


Questions? If you have any questions or would like to meet to discuss your assessment practices, please contact MAJ Daniel Marshall at


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