Collegiate Learning Assessment

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What is the Collegiate Learning Assessment+ (CLA+)?

Developed by the RAND Corporation and the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), the CLA+ is an open-ended assessment that allows for a direct measure of student learning in the areas of critical thinking and writing. Beginning in the 2006-2007 academic year, this assessment has been administered to entering freshmen in the fall and graduating seniors in the spring at Stanislaus State.

Why do schools use the CLA+?

Institutions use the CLA+ to estimate how much they contribute (value-added) to their students' development of higher order skills. CLA+ results are used by the institution to improve teaching and learning.

Institutional results from the CLA+ are reported by Stanislaus State on the College Portrait as part of the Voluntary System of Accountability.

What's in it for me?

For the spring administration, each senior who completes the 90 minute exam (the first 100 to register) will receive a gift card. All participating students will also receive an individual score and an explanation of their strengths and weaknesses in terms of analytical/writing ability in comparison to their peers. CLA+ results can also be used to build your resume and share with potential employers.

For more see Why Should I Take the CLA+ (CLA+ Student Guide)?

How do I register for the CLA+ at Stanislaus State? When will it be given?

All senior-level students are eligble to take the exam. Seniors meeting the CLA+ qualifications will receive an email invitation to participate from the Office of Assessment in early March, 2017.

You can also register here!

The CLA will be administered in the Stanislaus State Modern Language Lab (L110H).

Spring 2018 CLA+ testing times:

  • Monday, March 12: 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 13: 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 14: 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday, March 15: 9:30am-11:00am
  • Monday, March 19: 2:30pm-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 20: 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 21: 2:30pm-4:00pm
  • Thursday, March 22: 9:30am-11:00am
  • Monday, March 26: 3:30pm-5:00pm
  • Thursday, March 29: 11:30am-1:00pm

If you have any questions about the CLA or your invitation to participate, please email academicprograms@csustan.edu or call 209-667-3082.

What is the format of the CLA?

As noted in the CLA student guide, the CLA contains two task types: the Performance Task and the Analytic Writing Task. All tasks are open-ended and administered online. 

No prior knowledge of any particular field is necessary in order to perform well on the CLA+.

To view past institutional CLA reports, see the Office of Institutional Research University-Wide Assessment Methods page.