A Student Assessment 

Wichita State University utilizes the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) as part of its overall assessment of student learning. The CLA+ is an external assessment that students’ performance in analysis and problem solving, scientific and quantitative reasoning, critical reading and evaluation, and critiquing an argument, in addition to writing mechanics and effectiveness.

According to the Council for Aid to Education, the CLA+:

  • challenges students to demonstrate skills, rather than to simply recall information.
  • challenges students to address real-life issues presented in performance tasks.

Students need to be able to analyze and evaluate information, solve problems, and communicate effectively. Beyond simply accumulating facts, they must be able to access, structure, and use information.

The CLA+ measures how well WSU is teaching critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem-solving and writing skills. 

The annual report is shared with the following groups:

  • University Assessment Committee
  • Council Of Deans
  • Faculty Senate – Academic Affairs Committee

Student Participation

Wichita State is looking for 100 first-time first year, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen to accept their invitation to volunteer to take the assessment.  Incentives will be provided for those who complete the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+).  

WSU Testing Services will begin accepting appointments on October 3rd with appointment available through November 22nd in the Testing Services computer labs.  Appointments must be made with WSU Testing Services.    

Student Incentive

  • Students who complete the survey are eligible for ONE of two options:
    • $25 QT Gift Card
    • $25 WSU Shocker DollarsShocker Dollars can be used at all the RSC food operations – Starbucks, Brkfst & Co., Panda Express, Chick Fil A, Freddy’s, & Shocker Sports Grill.  The Shocker Dollars can also be used at the Shocker Hall Dining and the Market at GroundHouse (serving coffee from locally owned Reverie Coffee Roasters and on-the-go meal and snacks items).
  • The CLA+ assessment can only be taken one time.