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BYU-Idaho participates in and benefits greatly from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and will soon participate in the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) for the first time. Similarly, a growing number of degree programs across campus are using national disciplinary exams. These exams allow us to compare our work to that of our peers and so to gauge, however roughly, the quality of that work. As Margaret A. Miller recently wrote, assessments like the CLA can be a "reality check, the antidote to groundless self-congratulation."
The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) offers an authentic approach to the improvement of teaching and learning in higher education through a continuous improvement model, and recognizes faculty as central actors in educational improvement efforts. The CLA assists faculty, department chairs, school administrators and others interested in programmatic change to improve teaching and learning, particularly with respect to strengthening higher order skills. (http://www.collegiatelearningassessment.org/)
The CLA+ will be available in the BYU-Idaho Testing Center from January 27 through February 14, 2014.
A quick note on our Fall 2012 test sample. As the charts below illustrate, our sample group test group was slightly superior to their peers, but not overwhelmingly so.