Collegiate Learning Assessment
The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) is a product of the Council for Aid to Education. The CLA measures students’ writing and analytical skills. Samples of freshmen students are tested each fall, and senior students are tested each spring. The results are compared across the samples at an institution for a measure of valued added by the institution. Results are also benchmarked against other participating institutions. Data are also used by to help satisfy portions of the Voluntary System of Accountability, an initiative of public 4-year universities to provide clear, accessible, and comparable information on the undergraduate student experience.