Founded in 1749, Washington and Lee University is named for two of the most influential men in American history: George Washington, whose generous endowment of $20,000 in 1796 helped the fledgling school (then known as Liberty Hall Academy) survive, and Robert E. Lee, whose presidency and innovative leadership brought the University into the national limelight.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Washington and Lee University provides education and facilitates an ongoing, systematic, integrated assessment process and supports that process with analytical information for all areas of the Washington and Lee academic and administrative communities. The office conducts a comprehensive program of data collection, analysis and reporting to support internal and external data needs of the university. The office leads institutional accreditation initiatives.
Washington and Lee University provides a liberal arts education that develops students' capacity to think freely, critically, and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity, and civility. Graduates will be prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.