CLA Measures

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:
1. Make an Argument: The ability to take and justify a position on an issue.
1. Critique an Argument: The ability to evaluate an argument for how well-reasoned it is.
1. 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 © 2008 Council of Independent Colleges