CIC/Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Consortium

​In cooperation with the Council for Aid to Education (CAE), CIC continues to work with a consortium of institutions using the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) instrument, an evaluation tool for learning more about the cognitive growth of students.  CIC organizes annual meetings with Consortium members each summer to evaluate and discuss key issues of the project.​ In 2010, the Consortium launched a new project, Creating Pathways to Educational and Economic Opportunity in Urban Colleges and Universities.
 

 About the CLA Instrument

 
The goal of the CLA instrument is not to measure changes in individual students, but rather to learn more about programmatic features that correlate with "institutional effects" associated with larger than expected gains in students' analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and writing skills. The CLA provides one of the first "value added" measures that can reliably compare institutional contributions to student learning.
 

 CIC/CLA Consortium Meetings

 
​CIC has organized annual meetings with Consortium members each summer since 2005. The seventh and final summer meeting took place August 1–2, 2011, in Pittsburgh, PA. Twenty-seven consortium members participating in the Pathways Project attended the meeting.  Read an article on the 2011 meeting in the summer 2011 Independent.
 

 Pathways Project

 
​With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, CIC expanded the CIC/CLA Consortium in 2010 to include a new project, Creating Pathways to Educational and Economic Opportunity in Urban Colleges and Universities. The Pathways Project focuses on supporting a select group of Consortium institutions that are located in urban settings with the goal of improving learning outcomes of “underrepresented” students, such as first-generation college goers and those from low-income backgrounds. Nineteen current Consortium institutions and ten new institutions, participating as part of the comparison cohort, administered the CLA over a two year period, from fall 2010 through spring 2012.

A key piece of the Pathways Project was a study of the learning outcomes of underrepresented students in which 19 of the institutions—nine in urban settings and ten in non-urban locales—that had previous experience in the CIC/CLA Consortium participated. The results were analyzed in a CIC report, An Analysis of Learning Outcomes of Underrepresented Students at Urban Institutions, by Josipa Roksa, associate professor of sociology and education and associate director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia.
 

 Pathways Project Implementation Grants

 

In June 2012, CIC invited applications from colleges and universities that are members of the Pathways Project to participate in the next, and final, phase of the project in which institutions fulfill one or more of the objectives in their action plans, track the progress of the implementation, and share lessons learned. With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, CIC awarded 13 institutions a grant of $7,000 each to help the institutions fulfill their final objectives during the 2012–2013 academic year.

These 13 institutions are: Alaska Pacific University, Bethel University (MN), Carlow University (PA). Charleston Southern University (SC), Dominican University (IL), Notre Dame of Maryland University, Trinity Christian College (IL), University of Charleston (WV), Augsburg College (MN), Bellarmine University (KY), Our Lady of the Lake University (TX), Saint Xavier University (IL), University of Bridgeport (CT).

The CIC report, Creating Pathways to Education and Economic Opportunity in Urban Colleges and Universities, presents the results of the implementation grants as well as the essential lessons learned from the Pathways Project.

 

 CIC/CLA Consortium Pathways Project Members

 
Alaska Pacific University (AK)
Augsburg College (MN)
Barton College (NC)
Bellarmine University (KY)
Bethel University (MN)
Burlington College (VT)
Cabrini College (PA)
Carlow University (PA)
Charleston Southern University (SC)
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University (MN)
Dominican University (IL)
Illinois College (IL)
Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)
Lynchburg College (VA)
Misericordia University (PA)
Morningside College (IA)
Mount St. Mary's College (CA)
Notre Dame of Maryland University (MD)
Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)
Saint Xavier University (IL)
Stonehill College (MA)
Texas Lutheran University (TX)
Trinity Christian College (IL)
University of Bridgeport (CT)
University of Charleston (WV)
University of Great Falls (MT)
University of St. Thomas (TX)
Westminster College (MO)
William Peace University (NC)
 

 Articles about the Consortium

 
 

 Contact Information

 
​For questions about the CLA Consortium, visit CAE's website or contact CIC Director of Research Projects Jesse Rine at jrine@cic.nche.edu or (202) 466-7230.
 

 Analysis of Learning Outcomes of Underrepresented Students

 


CIC published a report examining the learning outcomes as measured by the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) of low-income and first-generation students attending urban colleges and universities, and provides comparisons with similar students at non-urban institutions.

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 Creating Pathways to Education and Economic Opportunity

 
CLA Pathways Report

CIC published a final report on the activities of institutions participating in the Pathways Project. The report details steps taken by 29 independent colleges and universities to improve the learning outcomes of underrepresented students on their campuses.

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 Catalyst for Change Report

 


CIC published a a final report on the work of the CIC Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Consortium. The report highlights the efforts of 47 independent colleges and universities to make voluntary use of the CLA and describes the challenges and “best practices."

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(Print copies available on request.)
 

 Statement on Assessment

 


Since 2001, CIC has tried to help its member colleges navigate through the array of initiatives that are underway—those by regional accreditors, foundation-supported projects, and various campus efforts—focusing on specific aspects of the overall topic at different times.

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 Evidence of Learning Report

 

​CIC published a report highlighting the experiences of the 33 members of CIC's Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Consortium, phase two, over three years as they used the CLA to measure student learning outcomes.


(Print copies available on request.)