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Wichita State University Learning Outcomes

The Office of Assessment is in place to communicate University assessment policy, methods and best practices; evaluate assessment data; make recommendations based on assessment data for improvement and accountability purposes; and to keep the dialogue of assessment alive across campus.

The office accomplishes this by:

  • Coordinating and supporting university-wide assessment activities, such as program review, performance agreements and university accreditation.
  • Managing university assessment measures and exit and alumni surveys.
  • Reporting on university assessment activities to the Kansas Board of Regents and national accreditation groups.
  • Providing support to departmental faculty and staff in their assessment activities.
  • Serving as a resource on assessment issues.



Wichita State University administered the CLA+ in 2015 - 2016.

Wichita State University conducted a Value-added administration of the CLA+ in 2015 - 2016. The results are displayed below in the SLO Results tab.

For additional information on WSU’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?

Wichita State University currently uses the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) to assess the outcomes gained through the students' educational experience. Each fall and spring semester, a representative sample of entering and graduating students participate. The assessment is used, in conjunction with Program Review, to verify the University's impact on the outcomes as well as contribute to continuous improvement of the University's programs.


Which Wichita State University students are assessed? When?

Every fall semester all first-time, full-time freshmen are sent an invitation to participate in the CLA, and every spring all senior students are also sent an invitation. 


How are assessment data collected?

Students who are eligible to participate in the CLA are identified through the university's central database system.  Several testing sessions are offered througout the semester, with incentives offered to encourage and increase participation.  Once testing is complete, specific student academic data elements are sent to CLA for students who participated in the assessment, and results are returned to WSU from the CLA.


How are data reported within Wichita State University?

Reports are provided by the CLA for analysis purposes. Some results from the CLA are used as benchmark measurements for goals set by the Kansas Board of Regents' strategic plan Foresight 2020. 


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

The General Education committee at WSU uses results from the CLA to measure the university's impact on meeting the goals of general education.  Results are also used as measurements for the Student Learning Performance section of the Kansas Board of Regents Foresight 2020 strategic plan. 


Of 1247 freshmen students eligible to be tested, 86 (7%) were included in the tested sample at Wichita State University.


Of 1596 senior students eligible to be tested, 120 (8%) were included in the tested sample at Wichita 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 53% 69% 51% 68%
Male 47% 31% 49% 32%
Other or Unknown <1% <1% <1% <1%
Race/
Ethnicity
US Underrepresented Minority 19% 22% 13% 18%
White / Caucasian 64% 64% 63% 53%
International 3% 3% 8% 10%
Unknown 1% 2% 5% 3%
Low-income (Eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant) 16% 16% 20% 21%

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) 549.0
Critical Reading & Evaluation (Range: 200 to 800) 536.0
Critique an Argument (Range: 200 to 800) 544.0
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) 519.0
Critical Reading & Evaluation (Range: 200 to 800) 515.0
Critique an Argument (Range: 200 to 800) 544.0