Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)
Recent results and reports
The most recent complete administration of the Collegiate Learning Assessment occurred during the 2009-10 academic year, with 215 incoming first-years (86% of those invited) participating in Fall 2009 and 146 graduating seniors (58% of those invited) participating in Spring 2010. The CLA is being administered again during the 2012-13 academic year, with 185 incoming first-years (92% of those invited) having participated in Fall 2012, and all seniors who completed it as first-years in Fall 2009 being invited to complete it again in Spring 2013. CLA results show consistently 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.
Students’ CLA essays are scored by the Council for Aid to Education using criteria similar to those used by faculty in evaluating student writing assignments.
Incoming first-year results – Fall 2012
Summary and brief analysis of CLA scores for a randomly-selected sample of incoming St. Olaf first-years in Fall 2012, including percentile rankings compared to other institutions that administered the CLA to their incoming first-years during the same time period
CLA Institutional Report - 2009-10
The Institutional Report prepared for St. Olaf by the Council for Aid to Education includes mean CLA scores for both St. Olaf cohorts, comparisons with mean scores for other CLA institutions, and detailed descriptions of CLA tasks, scoring procedures, and statistical methodology.
Cumulative CLA results, Fall 2005 – Spring 2010
A summary of key findings from the CLA across all administrations at St. Olaf since it was first administered to incoming first-years in Fall 2005.
Other useful information