Red Letter Day FAQ

Student Scholar ShowcaseSchedule for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Senior Assessment Day (Required)

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Student Scholar Showcase

See schedule and student participants

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join us in celebration at an all-campus picnic
5 p.m., the Dell (Rain location: Burton Dining Room)

 

Each spring semester, all seniors will participate in one of three assessments, i.e., Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), Information Literacy Test (Project SAILS), or Nelson-Denny Reading Test.

What is Red Letter Day?
Why participate in Red Letter Day?
Who takes the Red Letter Day assessments?
How will I know if I have to take the Red Letter Day assessments?
What do I need to bring with me on Red Letter Day?
What are the testing times for Red Letter Day?
How long do the assessments last?
How can I find information about the assessments?
What if I have a conflict with the time I was scheduled or need special accommodations?
What if I don't take the assessment?
Will the assessment affect my QPA?

What is Red Letter Day?

Red Letter Day is a celebration for Lynchburg College’s graduating seniors as well as an opportunity to administer assessments for accreditation purposes.  One day each spring, classes are not scheduled so students may fulfill their obligation to participate in at least one assessment and celebrate their academic success. It is an expectation that seniors will fully participate in these activities prior to graduation.  In addition to assessments, the Lynchburg College Student Scholar Showcase will be held on this day. All students will have the opportunity to learn about research projects being conducted by their peers. At the end of the day, there will be a campus-wide picnic on the Dell hosted by President Garren!

Why participate in Red Letter Day?

The Red Letter Day results are used for the accrediting process for Lynchburg College. If Lynchburg College is not accredited, the diploma you receive will not mean as much to future employers, graduate programs at other institutions, etc. Further, if LC does not maintain accreditation, the college will not continue to receive federal financial aid to give to students. Faculty members may also use the results to make curriculum changes.

Who takes the Red Letter Day assessments?

Three assessments are given on Red Letter Day to seniors who began their academic career at Lynchburg College:

  • Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)
  • Information Literacy Test (Project SAILS)
  • Nelson-Denny Reading Test

Transfer students are currently not given the CLA but are still eligible to take the Information Literacy Test (SAILS) or the Nelson-Denny Reading Test.

How will I know if I have to take the Red Letter Day assessments?

The Associate Dean’s Office for Academic Affairs (Associate Dean’s Office) will send notifications to those selected to take an assessment. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 1st administration of assessments
1:30 p.m. - 2nd administration of assessments
5 p.m. - Campus-wide picnic in the Dell (rain site is the Dining Hall)

If you have received a letter or e-mail, you are expected to participate in Red Letter Day.  Please login and refer to myLC at https://mylc.lynchburg.edu/mylc.asp#home to verify your testing time and location.

What do I need to bring with me on Red Letter Day?

You do not need to bring anything. Cellular phones, calculators, and other electronic devices are not allowed. Pencils and paper will be provided upon request.

What are the testing times for Red Letter Day?

There are two times scheduled for Red Letter Day: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please refer to myLC https://mylc.lynchburg.edu/mylc.asp#home for your time and location on Red Letter Day.

How long do the assessments last?

Please allow two hours for each assessment. However, each assessment is designed to last no more than 90 minutes.

How can I find information about the test?

CLA:

http://www.collegiatelearningassessment.org/files/Frequently_Asked_Questions.pdf

Information Literacy website:

https://www.projectsails.org/Background

Nelson-Denny Reading website:

http://www.riverpub.com/products/ndrt/index.html

What if I have a conflict with the time I was scheduled or need special accommodations?

Assessment times have been coordinated with Student Scholar Showcase and the Athletics Department. However, if you have a situation where your presentation or poster session ends at the same time your assessment is scheduled to begin, just notify the Associate Dean’s Office that you will be running a little late. If you have a truly valid reason you cannot come at your assigned time, please contact the Associate Dean’s Office to make other arrangements. Only valid reasons for changing assessment times will be accepted. Requests for changes should be emailed to academicaffairs@lynchburg.edu.

What if I don't take the test?

Failure to take an assessment will result in a rescheduled (“make-up”) date prior to graduation.

Excused absences (with documentation) include:

  • Personal legal (ex. court appointment)
  • Personal medical
  • Military duty
  • Family funeral

Absences must have proper documentation. A student has until five (5) days after Red Letter Day to bring documentation of absence to the Associate Dean’s Office.

Note: Final determination of validity will be made by the Associate Dean’s Office.

Will the test affect my QPA?

No, the test score is not used in calculating QPA.

If you have additional questions, contact the Associate Dean’s Office for Academic Affairs at academicaffairs@lynchburg.edu.