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General Education Assessment at Illinois College: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Analytic Writing
Illinois College administers the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) to its first-year students and seniors to measure critical thinking, problem solving and analytic writing.  Results for 2012-13 are displayed in Table 1 below.  Based on value-added scores from a cross-sectional research design, Illinois College seniors who were tested in the spring of 2013 were estimated to have made improvements on average at a level above that of seniors at the vast majority of other participating four-year institutions in the areas of total CLA score, performance task, analytic writing, make-an-argument and critique-an-argument.
 
Table 1. 2012-13 Illinois College Value-Added CLA Results
  Value-Added National Percentile Rank
Total CLA Score 88
Performance Task 85
Analytic Writing Task 84
Make-an-Argument 74
Critique-an-Argument 88
 
As depicted in Table 2 below, Illinois College seniors who were tested in the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014 were estimated to have made improvements on average at a level above that of seniors at the vast majority of other participating four-year institutions on the selected response questions that address scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical reading, evaluation, and the ability to critique-an-argument. Illinois College’s value added percentile ranks in 2013-14 were highest in the areas of performance task and total CLA score, where its average scores were at the 92nd and 88th percentiles, respectively.
 
Note: *Selected response questions address scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical reading, evaluation, and the ability to critique an argument.
Table 2. 2013-14 Illinois College Value-Added CLA Results
  Value-Added National Percentile Rank
Total CLA Score 88
Performance Task 92
Selected-Response Questions* 76
Student Engagement
Student engagement clearly is a critical factor in student academic development and it has been measured at Illinois College through the administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) in 2002 through 2008, 2011 and in 2014. Most recently in 2014, Illinois College students’ responses were compared to a sample of Great Lakes private colleges. The areas where Illinois College’s average ratings for first-year or senior students were most substantially higher than its peer institutions are as follows:
  • Higher-order learning;
  • Quantitative reasoning;
  • Collaborative learning;
  • Student-faculty interaction;
  • Quality of interactions on campus;
  • Supportive campus environment;, and;
  • Discussions with diverse others.

    
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