CLA uses written, student-constructed responses to open-ended assignments.
CLA poses real-world problems that students must address by:
- analyzing materials,
- evaluating evidence,
- synthesizing information,
- drawing conclusions,
- constructing their own arguments for or against a particular position.
The CLA uses three key measures--developed by experts in psychometrics and thoroughly field-tested--to assess student abilities:
- Make an Argument: The ability to take and justify a position on an issue.
- Critique an Argument: The ability to evaluate an argument for how well-reasoned it is.
- Performance Task: Complete a real-world task, such as preparing a briefing report, using a set of provided materials.
Evidence of Learning: Applying the Collegiate Learning Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts College Experience, Copyright (c) 2008 Council of Independent Colleges