As part of their "voluntary system of accountability" initiative, which created "College Portrait," NASULGC and AASCU also recommended that their member institutions and systems adopt the Collegiate Learning Assessment (or an alternative assessment) to sample students' basic fluencies and critical thinking skills. The College Portrait has been widely adopted, and the article excerpted below indicates that the recommendation for a CLA-like assessment is slowly picking up steam -- at, for example, the University of Wisconsin System.
Next In Line For Basic Skills Testing: College Students
Heather LaRoi, Wisconsin State Journal, November 8, 20
The University of Wisconsin System is committing to a plan that could eventually lead to tests for a sample of freshmen and seniors designed to measure skills such as problem solving and communication. The goal would be to show how students' skills grow during college, but System officials and others say it's a major challenge to come up with a test that could accurately measure the diverse kind of learning often cultivated at universities. Read more ...