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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Learning Outcomes

Cal Poly Pomona emphasizes student learning and effective teaching, and sustains a culture that views hands-on experience and classroom learning as equally critical to the overall learning environment. Assessment takes place at the University level and the program level as well as at the class level. Student success measures used as part of campus improvement initiatives include graduation and retention rates, professional accreditation, as well as students' performance on tasks that require them to think critically, reason analytically, and write clearly. The programs at Cal Poly Pomona use a variety of assessment tools to guide the development and enhancement of the undergraduate learning environment, including embedded questions in exams, portfolios of student work evaluated in capstone courses, surveys administered to seniors, alumni, and employers, and scores on exams required for post-graduate work. A recently revised assessment plan for general education has served as the basis for broad conversations about the depth and breadth of general education knowledge that a Cal Poly Pomona graduate should possess. 




California State Polytechnic University, Pomona administered the CLA+ in 2013.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona conducted a Value-added administration of the CLA+ in 2013. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on CPP’s process for administering CLA+, please click on the Assessment Process Tab below. For information on the students included in the administration, please click the Students Tested Tab.

Why did you choose the CLA+ for your institutional assessment?

The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) is a tool intended to measure the critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and writing skills of college students. These skills contribute to academic success in all areas and are highly valued by employers.


Which California State Polytechnic University, Pomona students are assessed? When?

A sample of 100 entering freshmen is assessed the week before beginning their first quarter.  A sample of 100 graduating seniors is assessed near the mid-point of their final year.


How are assessment data collected?

The Collegiate Learning Assessment is constructed and hosted by the Council for Aid to Education. Students are assessed in a proctored computer lab on campus and access the assessment through a secure online connection.  Performance data on the assessment is combined with demographic data already known to the Institution.


How are data reported within California State Polytechnic University, Pomona?

Data are aggregated and initially analyzed by the Council for Aid to Education.  An institution-level peer comparison report is delivered to the campus and reviewed by senior administrators and University Assessment Committees.  Results are published in the College Portrait and on campus.


How are assessment data at CPP used to guide program improvements?

Data from this source are a small part of the substantive campus learning outcomes assessment process.


Of 3508 freshmen students eligible to be tested, 100 (3%) were included in the tested sample at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.


Of 1909 senior students eligible to be tested, 99 (5%) were included in the tested sample at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.


Probability sampling, where a small randomly selected sample of a larger population can be used to estimate the learning gains in the entire population with statistical confidence, provides the foundation for campus-level student learning outcomes assessment at many institutions. It's important, however, to review the demographics of the tested sample of students to ensure that the proportion of students within a given group in the tested sample is close to the proportion of students in that group in the total population. Differences in proportions don't mean the results aren't valid, but they do mean that institutions need to use caution in interpreting the results for the groups that are under-represented in the tested sample.

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown

  Freshmen Seniors
Eligible Students Tested Students Eligible Students Tested Students
Gender Female 46% 53% 36% 53%
Male 54% 47% 64% 47%
Other or Unknown <1% <1% <1% <1%
Race/
Ethnicity
US Underrepresented Minority 79% 70% 70% 74%
White / Caucasian 17% 21% 24% 21%
International 2% 5% 2% 2%
Unknown 2% 4% 4% 3%
Low-income (Eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant) 27% 23% 46% 45%

Our tested students included a higher proportion of females and URM students than exists in our student body.

The VSA advises institutions to follow assessment publisher guidelines for determining the appropriate number of students to test. In the absence of publisher guidelines, the VSA provides sample size guidelines for institutions based on a 95% confidence interval and 5% margin of error. So long as the tested sample demographics represent the student body, this means we can be 95% certain that the "true" population learning outcomes are with +/- 5% of the reported results. For more information on Sampling, please refer to the Research Methods Knowledge Base

The increase in learning on the performance task is at or near what would be expected at an institution testing students of similar academic abilities.

The increase in learning on the selected-response questions is at or near what would be expected what would be epxected at an institution testing students of similar academic abilities.

Seniors Detail

The charts below show the proportion of tested seniors who scored at each level of the nine subscales that make up the CLA+. The subscale scores range from 1 to 6 with 6 representing a higher or better score. Due to rounding, subscores may not total 100%.

Performance Task
Analysis & Problem Solving
Writing Effectiveness
Writing Mechanics

The table below shows students' mean scores on the three subscales that make up the Selected-Response Questions section of the CLA+. The students subscores are determined by the number of correct responses in each subsection, with those raw numbers adjusted based on the difficulty of the question set the students received. Individual student scores are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Subscale Mean Student Scores
Scientific & Quantitative Reasoning (Range: 200 to 800) 565.0
Critical Reading & Evaluation (Range: 200 to 800) 560.0
Critique an Argument (Range: 200 to 800) 559.0
Freshmen Detail

The charts below show the proportion of tested freshmen who scored at each level of the nine subscales that make up the CLA+. The subscale scores range from 1 to 6 with 6 representing a higher or better score. Due to rounding, subscores may not total 100%.

Performance Task
Analysis & Problem Solving
Writing Effectiveness
Writing Mechanics

The table below shows students' mean scores on the three subscales that make up the Selected-Response Questions section of the CLA+. The students subscores are determined by the number of correct responses in each subsection, with those raw numbers adjusted based on the difficulty of the question set the students received. Individual student scores are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Subscale Mean Student Scores
Scientific & Quantitative Reasoning (Range: 200 to 800) 531.0
Critical Reading & Evaluation (Range: 200 to 800) 492.0
Critique an Argument (Range: 200 to 800) 524.0