Information on the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)
The CLA is a major initiative of the Council for Aid to Education. The CLA, which is given every 3 years, offers a value-added, constructed-response approach to the assessment of higher-order skills, such as critical thinking and written communication. Hundreds of institutions and hundreds of thousands of students have participated in the CLA to date. The institution - not the student - is the primary unit of analysis. The CLA is designed to measure an institution's contribution, or value added, to the development of higher-order skills. This approach allows an institution to compare its student learning results on the CLA with learning results at similarly selective institutions.
2011-2012 Academic Year
- 96 freshman and 104 seniors completed the survey, for a total of 200 respondents.
The following information was found in the freshman and senior unadjusted performance ranks:
- For the performance task, seniors had a mean score percentile rank of 81, while the freshman had 43.
- In the analytic writing task, seniors ranked in the 79th percentiles while freshman ranked 38.
- For the Make-An-Argument category, seniors had a mean score percentile rank of 65 while freshman had 34.
- In the final category, Critique-An-Argument, seniors ranked in the 86th percentile while freshman ranked 43.