campus partner(s)

Council for Aid to Education






Fresh Thinking

award date


project director

Roger Benjamin

Council for Aid to Education

Grant Summary

$20,000 over 1 month. With support from the Lumina and Teagle Foundations, the Council for Aid to Education will convene the 40 institutions using the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) under the auspices of a Lumina-sponsored longitudinal study of student learning and some others for a meeting that has as its goal the creation of a Research University Consortium to promote inter-institutional conversation about learning outcomes. Bringing together these research universities using CLA is an important step in further development of the instrument, especially as most of them are members of critical constituencies such as Association of American Universities or the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. With two years of data collected, the meeting will allow the universities to develop an inventory of best practice responses to CLA results on their campuses and to undertake a series of joint practical research topics such as:

  • The correlation of student learning pedagogies with CLA performance.
  • The correlation of CLA with measures of success after graduation.
  • A comparison of online instruction with on-site instruction using CLA measures.
  • How to assist faculty in developing CLA-like measures.
  • Publishing a handbook of best practice ideas for responses to CLA.