The CLA+ is a national assessment of students' critical thinking, problem solving, scientific and quantitative reasoning, writing, and ability to critique and make arguments. The CLA+ utilizes a value-added approach, focusing on the institution's contribution to the development of these skills. Participants in the CLA+ respond to open-ended writing prompts ("performance tasks") as well as a set of multiple-choice questions. Performance tasks present a real-world issue or problem and ask students to recommend a course of action based on information provided in a set of documents. Performance tasks typically include four to nine relevant documents, such as technical reports, data tables, newspaper articles, or emails.
Population: First-year students and seniors on the Oxford campus
Topics: Critical thinking, problem solving, scientific and quantitative reasoning, writing, and the ability to critique and make arguments
Related Surveys: NA
Years available: 2010-11 and 2013-14
Assessment Tool: Sample tasks and writing prompts are available on the CLA+ website
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2010-2011 Executive Summary
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