Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA):
The Collegiate Learning Assessment is a direct measure of student learning. The CLA is an intensive 90-minute exam given to freshmen and senior students. The students are randomly assigned to take either a Performance Task or an Analytic Writing Task. The Analytic Writing Task is made up of a pair of tasks: Make-an-Argument and Critique-an-Argument. Students' responses are open-ended and scored using rubrics. These tasks are designed to measure the following higher-order skills: analytic reasoning and evaluation, writing effectiveness, writing mechanics, and problem solving.