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San José State University Learning Outcomes

As part of San José State University’s commitment to graduating well educated students, assessment of student learning is integrated into all components of the curriculum. The development of student learning outcomes for courses, degree programs, and general education is overseen by committees at the department, college, and university levels. Assessment of student learning is likewise a shared responsibility at each of these levels and is overseen by the Associate Vice Presidents for Undergraduate Studies and for Graduate Studies and Research with the support of the Director of Assessment and assessment coordinators for each of the seven colleges.




San José State University administered the CLA+ in 2014 - 2015.

San José State University 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 SJSU’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?

TThe CLA+ is used as a cross-sectional measure of cognitive skills developed during students' education experience at a college or university. Like the CLA it also examines value added through comparison of skills students possess when starting college with skills students possess upon the completion of their college education. This assessment is completed on-line in a test enviornment. Unlike the CLA, the CLA+ requires that all students take the exact same assessment which measures critical thinking, reasonsing, critiquing and making an arguement, writing, and problem solving. The CLA+ incorporates multiple choice items and essay type items.


Which San José State University students are assessed? When?

First-time Freshmen are assessed during the fall semester and native seniors are assessed during the spring semester.


How are assessment data collected?

The innovative CLA+ performance measures require two-hours of testing time; all measures are administered on-line on campus computer facilities. SJSU will have 100 first-year students participate in this study.  The project will build a link between educational research and practice by creating a Collegiate Learning Assessment Database that can be used to conduct research about student learning and best practices, and that will inform curricular and programmatic design and planning.


How are data reported within San José State University?

Data are used to compose an executive level report comparing the value-added, of various constructs, over the various years of adminsitration.


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

Information is not available.


Of 3486 freshmen students eligible to be tested, 105 (3%) were included in the tested sample at San José State University.


Of 4047 senior students eligible to be tested, 109 (3%) were included in the tested sample at San José State University.


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 48% 48% 48% 52%
Male 52% 50% 52% 47%
Other or Unknown <1% <1% <1% <1%
Race/
Ethnicity
US Underrepresented Minority 76% 83% 74% 65%
White / Caucasian 16% 11% 21% 21%
International 6% 5% 2% <1%
Unknown 3% 1% 3% 14%
Low-income (Eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant) 47% 47% 38% 33%

Information is 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 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) 552.0
Critical Reading & Evaluation (Range: 200 to 800) 543.0
Critique an Argument (Range: 200 to 800) 529.0
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) 481.0
Critical Reading & Evaluation (Range: 200 to 800) 459.0
Critique an Argument (Range: 200 to 800) 468.0