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California State University, Los Angeles Learning Outcomes

Information on individual, course, program and institutional level assessments can be located on the CSULA Assessment web page at www.calstatela.edu/academic/aa/assessment/. This page also contains the campus assessment policy, the campus syllabus policy, SLOs by college and program, a list of assessment coordinators, assessment reports, and assessment tools and resources.




California State University, Los Angeles administered the CLA+ in 2014 - 2015.

California State University, Los Angeles 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 CSULA’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 CSU system has asked all campuses to participate in the CLA so that results are comparable across campuses.


Which California State University, Los Angeles students are assessed? When?

First time freshmen in the fall and seniors in the spring.


How are assessment data collected?

The CLA is an assessment tool designed to assess critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving,  and written communication skills. It's administered in a proctored environment in a computer lab.


How are data reported within California State University, Los Angeles?

The Council for Aid in Education conducts the analysis and reporting of the data collected. The data are reported for all freshmen and all seniors who took the assessment together rather than for individual students.


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

Presented to department chairs to introduce Annual Assessment Report and to discuss departmental assessment like CLA.  Mechanism will be built into the Annual Report that focuses attention on the relationship between institutional and program outcomes (based on results of such as CLA testings)


Of 5512 freshmen students eligible to be tested, 198 (4%) were included in the tested sample at California State University, Los Angeles.


Of 9124 senior students eligible to be tested, 93 (1%) were included in the tested sample at California State University, Los Angeles.


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 60% 65% 57% 68%
Male 40% 35% 43% 32%
Other or Unknown <1% <1% <1% <1%
Race/
Ethnicity
US Underrepresented Minority 76% 76% 61% 82%
White / Caucasian 3% 2% 10% 2%
International 8% 7% 5% 8%
Unknown 2% 1% 6% 3%
Low-income (Eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant) 75% 74% 71% 60%

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) 511.0
Critical Reading & Evaluation (Range: 200 to 800) 499.0
Critique an Argument (Range: 200 to 800) 499.0
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) 471.0
Critical Reading & Evaluation (Range: 200 to 800) 453.0
Critique an Argument (Range: 200 to 800) 474.0