The Academic Affairs Division
administers the Collegiate Learning Assessment+ (CLA+) to approximately 100
first-year students and 100 seniors every year to measure value-added learning
relative to peer institutions.
The CLA+ evaluates critical thinking,
written communication skills, problem solving, scientific and quantitative
reasoning, and writing mechanics and effectiveness.
The Council for Aid
to Education coordinates the administration of the national CLA+ instrument across
the USA at over 700 institutions. At IUP, the administration of this assessment
instrument is overseen by the Provost’s Associate Office. Annual
administrations of the CLA+ instrument provide
guidance to students and data to faculty and administrators for making
decisions about grading, scholarships, admission, or placement.
IUP has completed eight
cycles of CLA+ testing, which offers
a solid baseline of student learning assessment that has been used for the
2015–16 Middle States Commission on Higher Education decennial reaffirmation
of accreditation. IUP also uses CLA+ data to provide a detailed online
breakdown of student learning outcomes as part of the Voluntary System of
Accountability in which IUP participates.
In past years, IUP
students have consistently scored in the mid-range of student learning outcomes
for peer institutions across the nation. This trend continued to hold true for
the 2013–14 administration (sample size: 93 freshmen and 90 seniors).