Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)
Previous results and reports
From Fall 2005 through Spring 2009, St. Olaf was one of 24 institutions that participated in a national study of college student learning involving the longitudinal administration of the CLA. More than 100 students from the St. Olaf Class of 2009 completed both the CLA performance task and the analytic writing task three times over the course of their college experience – once as incoming first-years, a second time as spring-semester sophomores, and finally as graduating seniors. The longitudinal results reported below show that St. Olaf students demonstrate strong writing and critical thinking skills throughout their college experience; that these skills improve steadily from their initial entry at St. Olaf through their graduation; and that the amount of improvement is commensurate with their abilities as incoming first-years and with the selective nature of the College.
2005-09 CLA results - Summary and interpretation
Highlighted findings from the four-year panel study at St. Olaf
2005-09 CLA Institutional Report - Complete text
The Institutional Report prepared for St. Olaf by the Council for Aid to Education includes mean CLA scores for the same group of St. Olaf students as first-years, sophomores, and seniors; comparisons with mean scores for other CLA institutions; and detailed descriptions of CLA tasks, scoring procedures, and statistical methodology.
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