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SUNY Oneonta’s CLA Results: 2008-09 . College Senate SUNY Oneonta October 5, 2009. Presenter. Patty Francis Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment & Effectiveness. Background Information.

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    1. SUNY Oneonta’s CLA Results: 2008-09 College Senate SUNY Oneonta October 5, 2009

    2. Presenter Patty Francis Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment & Effectiveness

    3. Background Information • Oneonta’s original SCBA plan proposed to use SUNY rubrics to assess Critical Thinking in 2008-09 • Chairs’ proposal in Fall 2007 to replace rubrics with test such as Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) • Concern about reliability and validity of rubrics • Concern about large number of courses/faculty that would necessarily be involved in use of rubrics • Development of formal proposal for consideration by College Senate in Spring 2008 • Approval by College Senate of proposal on March 31, 2008

    4. About the CLA • Not a multiple choice test – requires students to actively engage with materials presented over a computer in 60- to 90-minute session • Analyses adjust for students’ Entering Academic Ability and provide results for first-year students, graduating seniors, and “value added” • Assesses Critical Thinking and Writing • Two types of tasks • Performance • Analytic Writing • Make-an-Argument (i.e., SUNY CT outcome #2) • Break-an-Argument (i.e., SUNY CT outcome #1)

    5. ADMINISTRATION DETAILS • Student Recruitment and Sampling • Used cross-sectional approach, comparing first-semester students in Fall 2008 (n=123) to graduating seniors (n=109) in Spring 2009 • Senior sample included 73 native, 36 transfer students • Preparation of sampling plan for CAE assuring comparability between sample and student populations • Mean SAT scores for first-year participants = 1097 (compared to 1096 for entire class) • Mean SAT scores for seniors = 1076 (compared to 1077 for entire class) • Student Participation and Motivation • Reliance on first-year seminar classes for freshmen and academic departments for seniors • Emphasis to students on benefits to institution, programs, and themselves • Provision of individual student results to programs and to students

    6. Results • First-Year Students • Performed at above expected levels on Overall Score, Performance Task, Analytic Writing Task, and Make-an-Argument • Performed at expected levels on Critique-an-Argument • Performed higher than 76% of comparison institutions • Graduating Seniors • Performed at above expected levels on Overall Score, Performance Task, Analytic Writing Task, and Make-an-Argument • Performed at well above expected levels on Critique-an-Argument • Performed higher than 89% of comparison institutions!

    7. Results (cont.) • Value Added • Performed at expected levels on Overall Score, Performance Task, and Make-an-Argument • Performed at above expected levels on Analytic Writing Task and Critique-an-Argument • Performed higher than 68% of comparison institutions • Native vs. Transfer Students (Senior Sample) • Analytic Writing – 82% of native students scored at expected/above expected levels compared to 81% of transfers • Make-an-Argument – 79% of native students scored at expected/above expected levels compared to 62% of transfers • Critique-an-Argument – 72% of native students scored at expected/above expected levels compared to 81% of transfers

    8. Who Were Our Peers? • 190 institutions listed in CLA Final Report, ranging from very small privates (Alma College in Michigan) to large publics (Arizona State) • Two SUNY institutions (Oneonta, Buffalo State) • US News and World Report overall rankings • 53 in top 50 for their regions • 11 in top 10 (Truman State, Drake University) • 8 in top 11-20 • 12 in top 21-30 • 9 in top 31-40

    9. What’s Next? • Results provided to GEAC for review and recommendations • Approval of CLA by GEAR Group for SCBA in Spring 2009, with pilot scheduled for 2010-11 • Most important, we need to use results • Academic departments withat least 7 or more graduating seniors who took the CLA have received their students’ results • CLA’s “CLA in the Classroom” initiative, either at workshop sites or on campus • Campus-wide discussion about critical thinking? • Other ideas?

    10. SUNY Oneonta’s CLA Results: 2008-09 College Senate SUNY Oneonta October 5, 2009