The Office of Institutional Assessment coordinates and supervises college-level assessment. Different from program assessment, college assessment focuses on generic learning outcomes that students are expected to master across disciplines.
Collegiate Learning Assessment
Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) was developed by the Council for Aid to Education (CAE) and has been used by over 700 higher education institutions worldwide to benchmark value-added growth in student learning and allows for cross-section and longitudinal comparisons. CLA + is performance-based assessment that challenge students to demonstrate competences in analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication (Performance Assessment: CLA + Overview, n.d.).
Critical Thinking Assessment Test
Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT) was developed by the Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning at Tennessee Technological University and is an assessment tool to assess students’ critical thinking and real-world problem solving skills. Unlike CLA +, CAT is scored by the institution’s own faculty using the detailed scoring guide, which enable faculty to see their students’ weaknesses and understand areas that need improvement. CAT purports to close the loop in assessment and quality improvement (Critical Thinking Assessment Test, n.d.).