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Seniors: Assess your skills, earn some quick cash

April 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Want $15 cash? The Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and planning invites you to participate in very important project for Beloit, the Collegiate Learning Assessment. This computer-based assessment takes about 90 minutes, and you’ll get a score report in 6-8 weeks that will show you how your critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills compare to other seniors here at Beloit and across the country. 

Your participation also provides Beloit with data to gauge our performance in helping you develop these skills and, in the future, focus on what works so as to free up resources for things like financial aid. This year's CLA will allow Beloit College to examine actual change, longitudinal data, but we need 90 seniors to sign up to ensure that our results have statistical validity. You can learn more about the CLA from the “Fast Facts” at the bottom of this post, or by checking out this site: http://usersportal.org/clastudents

Now, about that 15 dollars!  All that's asked is that you  sign up, show up on time (no preparation is necessary, and several time slots are still available), and put in an honest effort for about 90 minutes (some CLA variations take a little more time, some take a little less; you’ll definitely be in and out in under two hours), and IRAP will give you $15 cash when you finish.

To sign up, please click this link and fill the form www.beloit.edu/irap/cla  A.S.A.P.  and note any time slots during which you could complete the CLA- you’ll be contacted in the next couple of days with a session and room assignment.

 

Tuesday (April 2):             

                12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.

                6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

                6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Friday (April 5): 

                Noon-1:30 p.m.

 

 

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CLA Fast Facts

Who: Almost all seniors are eligible. Spaces are limited to 100. 

What: The Collegiate Learning Assessment is the only major assessment created with the purpose of showing student growth in critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills during their time in college.  This is accomplished by testing freshmen in their freshmen fall and seniors in their senior spring. The CLA is entirely computer-based (so no post-essay sore hands) that will ask you to either a) Construct an argument based on a real-world topic and then criticize someone else's argument or b) analyze a series of documents and use them to develop a recommendation based on a real-world-based problem.

Why:

Long Term: Taking the CLA is a valuable service to the College, especially in the midst of the curriculum review, that allows us to see one measure of where Beloit Seniors are as writers/problem solvers and to see what types of courses and experiences may have helped them the most during their time at Beloit-something we can't get anywhere else.

Short Term: Get a score report that shows how your critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills compare to other seniors here at Beloit and across the country who have completed the same assessment.

Very short term: $15 cash, as soon as you finish.

Where: The Bibliographic Instruction Room (the computer classroom in the lower level of the library),  MI 107, or the Campbell Computer Cluster. IRAP will follow up to confirm.

Again, to sign up, please click this link and fill the form www.beloit.edu/irap/cla  A.S.A.P. with your preference among available times slots.