University-Wide Assessment Methods

University-wide Assesment

 

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)

Developed by the RAND Corporation and the Council for Aid to Education (CAE) and launched in the fall of 2000, the CLA is a standardized testing initiative that allows for a direct measure of student learning by combining two types of testing components, 1) a set of real-world performance tasks, and 2) a set of analytic writing prompts. These are used to measure student learning in the areas of critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and written communication. Beginning in the 2006-2007 academic year, this assessment has been administered annually to entering freshmen in the fall and graduating seniors in the spring at CSU Stanislaus State, with the exception of 2009/10 and 2015/16. For more information about the enhanced CLA introduced in 2013/14, see Introducing CLA+: Fostering Great Critical Thinkers.

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Indirect Methods and Resources

Published Surveys

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)
 

Administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement is designed to measure faculty expectations for student engagement in educational practices as well as provide comparative data to be used with the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Questions address the importance faculty place on various areas of learning and development, the nature and frequency of faculty-student interactions and faculty organization of class time. The FSSE is currently administered at Stanislaus. A new version of the FSSE, FSSE 2.0, was available starting 2014.

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National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

 

Administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, this survey is designed to measure the degree of student engagement in college activities that correlate to student learning and personal development. This survey includes questions on class participation, academic rigor, amount of effort put into class work and overall experience. Beginning in 2006, the survey will be administered every three years in the spring to eligible first-year students and graduating seniors. A new version of the NSSE, NSSE 2.0, was available starting 2014.

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Campus Developed Surveys

Undergraduate

Graduating Senior Survey

 

The Graduating Senior Survey is designed to assist the University in assessing students' perceptions of the quality of its student learning and instructional effectiveness. The survey includes questions on students' satisfaction and experiences in 10 categories, using 5-point and progressive scales as well as an opportunity to respond to several open-ended questions of overall satisfaction and areas of strength and improvement. The Graduating Senior Survey was previously administered annually but is currently scheduled to be administered every two years to all bachelor degree seeking students who have applied for graduation during their exiting semester. The survey was administered in print copy in 2002,2003 & 2004. Beginning in 2005, the survey was administered in print copy with the option to complete an online version, and starting in 2008/09 the survey was administered as an online only survey.

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Graduate

Graduate Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE)

 

This survey is designed to measure faculty expectations for graduate student engagement in educational practices as well as provide comparative data to be used with the Graduate National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Questions address the importance faculty place on various areas of learning and development, the nature and frequency of faculty-student interactions and faculty organization of class time.

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Graduate National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
 

This survey is designed to measure the degree of graduate student engagement in college activities that correlate to student learning and personal development. This survey includes questions on class participation, academic rigor, amount of effort put into class work and overall experience

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Graduate School Exit Survey
 

The Graduate School Exit Survey is designed to assist the university in assessing students' perceptions of the quality of its graduate student learning and program effectiveness. The survey includes questions on students' satisfaction in five categories: Your Achievement, Your Experience, Classroom and Campus Social Climate, Your Educational Plans and Your Career. This survey is administered every two years to graduate students who have earned their master's degree during the previous academic year. This survey was administered in print from 1995-2004. Beginning in 2005, the survey was revised and administered electronically through the university web site.

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