IUP Seniors: Earn a $20 Gift Card Towards Your Cap and Gown

Posted on 2/6/2015 11:10:52 AM

The Division of Academic Affairs is offering all IUP seniors the chance to earn a $20 gift card to the Co-Op Store by taking the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+). All seniors are eligible to take this assessment, and the gift card can be used towards the purchase of graduation regalia at Salute to Grads in late March.

IUP wants to show the world just how good our students are through participating in the national CLA+ Assessment. The assessment will not affect students’ grades in any way, but it is important to the university because it’s part of IUP’s “report card” on how well we are doing. Because it is so important, the Provost’s Office will give each student taking the exam a $20 gift card to use at the Co-op Store.

When are the assessments?

The CLA+ will be offered 10 times over the next two weeks, so students can select a time that works best for their schedule. The assessment may be taken only once. Specific times for the test are listed below:

  • Monday, February 9 from 9:30–11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 11 from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 11 from 3:30–5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 12 from 4:00–5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 13 from 2:30–4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 16 from 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 17 from 2:00–3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 18 from 1:30–3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 19 from 3:00–4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 20 from 10:00–11:30 a.m.

All assessments will take place in 113 McElhaney Hall. As there is a short check-in process, students will need to arrive to the testing site approximately 10 minutes before the start time.

How can I register for the assessment?

IUP only has 100 testing slots to fill, so register soon to guarantee your spot. Some students have already registered through the e-mail sent out to seniors on February 2. If you have not yet registered for the assessment, please follow the link to the Qualtrics Registration Survey. You will receive an e-mail confirming your registration within a day after submitting your information.

Why is IUP doing this?

IUP wants to see how our students are doing with regard to critical learning skills compared to students at institutions of higher education across the country. The CLA+ helps gather this information by comparing what skills students have at the beginning of college and how much those skills improve over time. 

Remember that everything done to improve IUP benefits students. As IUP education gets even better over time, the reputation of an IUP degree gets more valuable as well. A strong IUP reputation benefits all students for the rest of their career!

Is there anything in this for students other than the $20?

Yes! These exams measure students’ ability to critique, analyze, problem-solve, and communicate, which are all skills that are essential and highly valued by employers regardless of major or career ambitions. The specific benefits of the exam include: 

  • Individual Score Report: Students will be able to see exactly where they stand in these areas, and how they compare to other students at IUP and nationwide.
  • Resume Builder: Students can highlight their individual score on their resume to alert potential employers to their strengths.
  • Civic Engagement: Students can note their experience as an assessment volunteer on their resume to show they are a motivated, engaged, and responsible student.

Where can I get more information?

To find out more information on the CLA+, please view the Assessment section of the Academic Affairs website. Questions and other inquiries can be sent to the Office of the Provost’s Associate for Academic Programs and Planning by sending an e-mail to provostassoc-office@iup.edu.