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California State University, Bakersfield Learning Outcomes

The primary purpose of assessment at CSU Bakersfield is improving student learning. This is accomplished by the use of assessment information to improve program structure, course content, and pedagogy. Faculty members, given their curricular roles and responsibilities, have primary responsibility for the development, implementation, and ongoing use of academic assessment activities. These activities are goal-oriented and involve comparing educational performance with the purposes and expectations of the faculty as expressed in program and course design. It is a continuous process aimed at understanding and improving curriculum, instruction, and services, and includes a diverse array of methods and techniques. CSU Bakersfield is committed to the development of an ongoing program of assessment and will continue to provide the necessary resources for these activities.




California State University, Bakersfield administered the CLA in 2014 - 2015.

California State University, Bakersfield conducted a Value-added administration of the CLA in 2014 - 2015. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on CSU Bakersfield’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?

We chose the CLA assessment at CSU Bakersfield because it analyzes outcomes in four different areas: critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and writing skills. These are all essential outcomes of the higher education process and are also highly valued by employers upon graduation.


Which California State University, Bakersfield students are assessed? When?

At CSU Bakersfield, freshmen are selected during the Fall Term from our freshmen learning communities. In the Spring, seniors about to graduate are selected from capstone courses. Approximately 25 students are drawn from each of our four Schools: Arts & Humanities, Business & Public Administration, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, & Engineering, and Social Sciences & Education.


How are assessment data collected?

Assessment data are identified and collected using specific procedures outlined by College Learning Assessment documentation.


How are data reported within California State University, Bakersfield?

Results of the CLA are aggregated, analyzed, and reviewed by CSU Bakersfield's Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment.  


How are assessment data at CSU Bakersfield used to guide program improvements?

The annual summary report provided by CLA is provided to Provost and School Deans. Additionally, the campus community is encouraged to review CLA results on our Institutional Research website.  Faculty are encouraged to use the information in making appropriate program changes. 


Of 1689 freshmen students eligible to be tested, 92 (5%) were included in the tested sample at California State University, Bakersfield.


Of 2210 senior students eligible to be tested, 88 (4%) were included in the tested sample at California State University, Bakersfield.


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 62% 63% 60% 55%
Male 38% 37% 40% 45%
Other or Unknown <1% <1% <1% <1%
Race/
Ethnicity
US Underrepresented Minority 76% 66% 58% 39%
White / Caucasian 17% 26% 32% 48%
International 2% <1% 2% 9%
Unknown 5% 8% 8% 5%
Low-income (Eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant) 66% <1% 55% 52%

At CSU Bakersfield, the limited number of students tested prevents our sample from being truly representative of the full freshman and senior classes each year. The number of students taking the CLA is necessarily limited by cost. The CSU Chancellor's Office has funded our test administration for only 100 students at each level and other resources to expand the testing are not available.

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 analytic writing task is at or near what would be expected 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 Make-an-Argument Critique-an-Argument
Analytic Reasoning and Evaluation
Writing Effectiveness
Writing Mechanics
Problem Solving

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 Make-an-Argument Critique-an-Argument
Analytic Reasoning and Evaluation
Writing Effectiveness
Writing Mechanics
Problem Solving