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Student Achievement of Institutional Goals

In compliance with Council on Higher Education Accreditation and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges standards, Bridgewater College establishes goals for student learning and assesses the success of students in achieving those goals. These institutional goals are aligned with the College’s Strategic Plan 2025, with particular emphasis on Connected Learning. Student achievement of these goals is assessed by the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+), a test administered by the Council for Aid to Education. The CLA+ includes a “Performance Task” component in which students construct a written argument that integrates a set of documents to address a real world problem and also a series of “Selected-Response Questions” that measure scientific and quantitative reasoning and critical thinking.

Summary of FILA Assessments with CLA+ Measures

Institutional GoalInstrument: SubscoreBenchmark2020 Results2019 Results
Critical Reading
Strategic Plan Goal 1.d
CLA+ Critical Reading & EvaluationAbove mean for all CLA institutions27 points below42 points below
Critical Thinking
Strategic Plan Goal 1.d
CLA+ Analysis & Problem
90% level 3 & above81%
   Critique an ArgumentAbove mean for all CLA institutions27 points below25 points below
Mastery LevelProficientBasicBasic
Written Communication
Strategic Plan Goal 1.a,d.
CLA+ Writing Effectiveness90% level 3 & above86%61%
   Writing Mechanics90% level 3 & above 98 %87%
Scientific and Quantitative Literacy
Strategic Plan Goal 1.d
CLA+ Scientific &
Quantitative Reasoning
Above mean for all CLA institutions1 point below43 points below