Assessment and Undergraduate Studies

Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies


Institutional Assessment

Assessment Data Transparency Policy

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) (NSSE Institute)

Faculty Survey of Student Engagement

FSSE-NSSE Combined Reports

Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA)

Western Michigan University made the decision in 2007 to become a member of the Voluntary System of Accountability. The VSA is an attempt to make critical information about participating institutions transparent to prospective students and their parents. One requirement of participation in the VSA is that each institution evaluate student learning by using the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) exam, the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP) exam, or the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) exam. A WMU faculty committee decided in 2008 to use the CLA exam.

  • Collegiate Learning Assessment Plus (CLA+) Exam

    The CLA+ exam is a product of the Council for Aid to Education and is designed to measure the value added to a student’s education by an institution. The exam is given online and consists of written responses to various performance tasks. The tasks are designed to measure the student’s critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving and written communication skills.  There are no multiple choice questions associated with the exam. The value added is determined by comparing the scores of incoming freshmen with those of graduating seniors.

  • CLA Results

Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) Student Learning Outcomes Task Force

    Summary Reports

Office of Assessment and Undergraduate Studies
B-124 Henry Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5253 USA
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