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Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)
The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) was administered to 107 entering freshman in fall 2008 and 86 graduating seniors in the spring 2009. The cross sectional design of the testing process allows us to look at the skills of the most recent group of entering students and the skills of a sample of graduating seniors. Thirty seven percent of the graduating senior group was transfer students. Scores, unadjusted and adjusted for entering academic ability were calculated for each group. When the scores of both entering and graduating students are calculated, a value added score is generated which allows us to compare ourselves to other participating institutions.
Our sample was selected from a variety of entering freshman classes and seniors in capstone courses. Students represented each of our academic units, Arts and Sciences, the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, the School of Management, the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work.
We are pleased that our value added for 2008-2009 is the 57th percentile. This tells us our value added is greater than half of the colleges that participated in 2008-2009. We recognize that we must continue to look at our programs critically and raise our expectations.
For more information about the CLA, contact http://www.cae.org/default.asp