Graduates Honored for Performance on Assessment Test

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-02-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Bill Loker
Undergraduate Education
530-898-6894

Seventy-eight seniors from the 2008 graduating class of California State University, Chico participated in the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a voluntary national accountability system of institutions of higher education. The test measures writing, analytical and critical thinking abilities and is administered to groups of freshmen and seniors.

The test uses SAT scores of incoming freshmen to level the field. The purpose is to measure institutions, not individuals. It attempts to measure an institution’s contribution to student performance.

Although CSU, Chico freshmen performed slightly less well on the test than would have been predicted by their SAT scores, seniors performed much better. Their scores put CSU, Chico in the 99th percentile of all of the 180 universities, nationwide, taking the CLA in 2007–2008.

The implication is that CSU, Chico provides an impressive value-added experience as students progress toward their degrees.

Although the scores are used to compare institutions, the individuals who scored highest for their respective colleges and the college that scored highest will be honored at a reception on Friday, Oct. 10. CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg will present an award to Dean Joel Zimbelman and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts for its overall high score on the CLA.

Individual students to be honored for high scores in each college include:

Kevin Martins, overall highest score, and high score, College of Business
Claudia Avalos, College of Natural Sciences
Jacob Ginsburg, College of Communication and Education
Steven Verrier, College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management
James Robertson, College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Melinda James, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Christy Baviere, College of Agriculture

The student sculptor, Dan Molaschi, who designed the bronze award that will be presented to the CLA high-scoring college each year, will also be honored.

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