Texas Tech Excels on National Test

Results from the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) of colleges and universities find that Texas Tech University has performed above predicted expectations of student learning.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: To see Texas Tech’s results on the CLA go to: /posts/2008/08/collegiate-learning-assessment] Results from the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) of colleges and universities find that Texas Tech University has performed above predicted expectations of student learning. The report states, “Texas Tech University contributes more to the learning gains made by students than 71 percent of the 176 four-year undergraduate institutions participating in the 2007-2008 CLA. Texas Tech University performed Above Expected.” Texas Tech freshmen were tested using the CLA in the fall 2007 semester with graduating seniors tested the spring 2008 semester. The CLA measures students’ improvement while in college on higher-order thinking skills such as critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving and written communication. The assessment also measures an institution’s contribution, or the value added by the institution, to students’ development of these competencies. “The detailed data from the CLA helps us close the loop on learning outcomes assessment, a key requirement in meeting the SACS-COC standards on accreditation,” said Texas Tech Provost William Marcy. “Faculty use these data to reinforce all areas of our curriculum to continuously improve our educational process.” Test results reflect how freshmen and seniors scores ranked among the 176 participating institutions. Based upon SAT and ACT scores, the freshman group scored at the predicted level. However, the seniors scored “above” the predicted level, indicating significant improvement in the higher-order thinking skills from freshman to senior years. Texas Tech students’ performance on the CLA is one of many measures utilized to inform faculty about the learning gains of students while at Texas Tech. When combined with students’ performance in the classroom, students’ input on their satisfaction with their learning experiences, and other nationally-normed exams, Texas Tech faculty, administrators and students can work together to improve their learning experience and ensure they receive the best possible education while at Texas Tech. The administration of the CLA is the result of Texas Tech’s participation in the Voluntary System of Accountability, an effort by multiple national education groups to make public information about student academic achievement. CONTACT: Valerie Osland Paton, vice provost for planning and assessment, (806) 742-2184 or valerie.paton@ttu.edu.