Quality Indicators

Learn how our college stacks up to similarly accredited institutions.

To give you as unbiased evaluations of our quality standards as possible, the college uses three independently developed and administered assessment programs to measure performance on a set of business subjects and skills commonly taught in graduate programs. The scores produced allow the college to compare the performance of its students on the exam to the performance of students attending similar colleges.

Iliad Assessment

Incoming graduate business students are administered the Iliad Assessment as part of orientation (pre-test) and again as they graduate (post-test) to measure improvement on a variety of skills.

The Iliad Assessment exercise is designed to assess personal and interpersonal skills in a number of job-relevant situations. Iliad helps the college to help students develop leadership skills. It also assists the College of Business in evaluating its curriculum and to continuously improve its programs.


  • Overall, the average student moved from the 42nd to the 60th percentile in skill sets.
  • Solid gains in business related skills leadership, communication and teamwork.
  • An increase in scores for decision-making.

Thunderbird Global Mindset Inventory

The goal for students in our graduate program, which requires an international experience for most graduate students, is to develop a global mindset, a multi-cultural perspective regarding the business enterprise, and to acquire the leadership skills necessary to be a successful leader in a global organization. The Thunderbird Global Mindset Inventory is administered to students both prior to, and after returning from, a global business travel experience.


  • Students’ global business savvy increased significantly as a result of the global travel experience and related activities.
  • Post-trip global business savvy increased on average by two-thirds over pre-trip measurements. Savvy was defined and based on the knowledge of global industry, global competitive business and marketing strategies, how to transact business and assess the risks of international business, and supplier operations in other parts of the world.
  • Spring 2015 trip to Argentina measured a post-trip global business savvy score almost 50% higher than pre-trip score.

The Work Institute

The Work Institute conducts proprietary, customized research concerning how people respond to organizations of which they are a part. The Work Institute seeks to enable organizations to improve overall satisfaction, reduce cost and promote growth. For the past several years it has conducted an exit survey of graduate business students approximately six months after their graduation.


  • 92% of graduate business students, as a whole, expressed a satisfaction level of “excellent” or “very good” regarding their experience at Lipscomb.
  • Since 2010, 90% of graduate students, on average, agreed and strongly agreed that the graduate business program was an important part of achieving their goals. For accounting graduates since 2013, that number was 100%.
  • More than 50% of graduating students accepted a new position within six months of graduation—an excellent outcome in a short post-grad time frame. For accounting graduates since 2010, job placement was at 100%.

Here are the objectives we measure ourselves against--the “30,000-foot” overview of the education you will receive here.

Graduates will demonstrate:

  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to critically and analytically evaluate complex business problems.
  • Knowledge of the components of ethical behavior when making business decisions.
  • Business acumen and specialized skills required to succeed in their chosen profession and in accordance with the particular graduate program in which they complete their studies.

Want more detailed information?  Here’s a longer report of our quality indicators.



Lipscomb University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lipscomb University.

For all other questions about Lipscomb, contact Lipscomb University at (615) 966-1000.

The College of Business is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for graduate and undergraduate programs.