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California State University, Monterey Bay Learning Outcomes

CSUMB is an outcomes-based institution and has systems in place that enable development of learning outcomes, assessment of student progress in meeting these outcomes, revision of outcomes when needed, and use of assessment to inform progress in student learning. Outcomes-based education is very well developed in the general education areas. Each of these has learning outcomes, criteria, and standards used to assess student work. Like the general education program, all of the academic programs have major learning outcomes, which communicate the skills and abilities required of graduating seniors as well as the framework for each degree program, published in a variety of places including internally produced brochures and advising literature. Program faculties collaborate to assess student work for competence in major learning outcomes and use the findings to improve their programs.




California State University, Monterey Bay administered the CLA+ in 2014 - 2015.

California State University, Monterey Bay 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 CSUMB’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, Monterey Bay 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, & written communication skills. We administer the CLA+ in a proctored environment in a computer lab.


How are data reported within California State University, Monterey Bay?

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. The institutional research department at CSUMB reviews the report created by the Council and prepares a presentation for campus-wide audiences.


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

The assessment data generated in annual assessment activities conducted by faculty and incorporated into program reviews inform program improvement plans. CLA+ results provide one picture in one comparison of freshmen with senior academic performance.


Of 1305 freshmen students eligible to be tested, 111 (9%) were included in the tested sample at California State University, Monterey Bay.


Of 231 senior students eligible to be tested, 95 (41%) were included in the tested sample at California State University, Monterey Bay.


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 65% 80% 66% 53%
Male 35% 20% 34% 47%
Other or Unknown <1% <1% <1% <1%
Race/
Ethnicity
US Underrepresented Minority 66% 59% 53% 52%
White / Caucasian 32% 35% 43% 47%
International 2% 3% 3% 2%
Unknown 1% 3% 4% 1%
Low-income (Eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant) 52% 52% 45% 40%

Freshmen take the CLA+ in Freshman Seminar and seniors take it in the Senior Capstone classes. We are not administering the CLA+ to transfer students at this time. We use a purposeful/convenience sampling method to select participants.

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.