The University is pleased to provide some small ways to recognize and appreciate your time and efforts in this important institutional initiative. Students who complete the CLA will receive the following incentives:
Special thanks to the Office of the Associate Provost, the Registrar, the Alumni Association, Office of the President, and SSI Bookstore for their generous support.
The CLA is a measure of general skills: critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem-solving, and written communication. These are skills gained from all across the curriculum through an entire college education. The CLA does not require any specific content-knowledge.
Participating students will be assigned to take either the performance task or the writing prompts.
WCU's participation in the CLA is part of a national accountability initiative. For more about these larger goals and impetus, see Voluntary System of Accountability.
The CLA requires a representative cohort of 100 first year students to assess in the Fall and 100 seniors in the spring, for institutional and cross-institutional comparison. Cohorts were analyzed and selected to be representative of all majors and student demographics. Each cohort represents their class in the skills that are assessed.
Your performance will not affect your grades. Participation in the asessment is voluntary.
All participants will receive individual score reports to their e-mail accounts once assessment and analysis are complete. Your individual score is confidential and will not be made public in any way. Only the aggregate institutional score will be made public via the College Portrait Web site in the section on Student Learning Assessment.
Institutional scores will be made available to the WCU CLA administrator and to the Assessment Advisory Committee who will review the results and make recommendations for how to make improvements. No individuals will be publically identified in the process. The administrator will review individual scores confidentially in order to identify those seniors who qualify for the President's Certificate of Achievement. Certificates will be sent directly to the student in late summer/early fall.
Score results for the fall administration are usually available in late October. Results for spring administration are usually available in late July.