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ERIC Number: EJ791866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6099
The Collegiate Learning Assessment: A Critical Perspective
Shermis, Mark D.
Assessment Update, v20 n2 p10-12 Mar-Apr 2008
This article describes the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), a postsecondary assessment tool designed to evaluate the "value-added" component of institutional contributions to student learning outcomes. Developed by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), the instrument ostensibly focuses on the contributions of general education coursework that would be the foundation for most undergraduate majors. Depending on the needs of the institution, the instrument can be administered as a "rising junior" test, a senior exit exam, or a longitudinal measure that can track cohorts of students throughout their college years. The CLA can be used on an entire population of students or on student samples. The instrument is administered over the Internet and comprises writing and performance tasks rather than multiple-choice questions. Because scores are not provided for individual students, the CLA is intended to serve institutional accountability purposes exclusively. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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