The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) today released a final report on the work of the CIC Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Consortium, which piloted a way to measure student learning outcomes that is not overly burdensome to colleges and universities. Catalyst for Change: The CIC/CLA Consortium highlights the efforts of 47 independent colleges and universities to make voluntary use of the CLA and describes the challenges faced and “best practices” learned in using assessment results to improve teaching and learning. It follows an interim report, Evidence of Learning: Applying the Collegiate Learning Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts College Experience, released in 2008, that was based on the Consortium’s 2004–2008 activities.
This report summarizes the experiences of Consortium member institutions from 2008 through 2011. Supported generously by the Teagle Foundation, the purposes of the Consortium were to improve teaching and learning practices on campus, foster a “culture of assessment” on participating campuses, strengthen the methods used to assess student learning, and identify “best practices” for improved student learning and teaching that can be shared with other independent colleges and universities and made known to the public.