To promote research on student learning outcomes in higher education, the Council for Aid to Education (CAE) makes Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) data available to researchers and scholarly organizations.
CLA is an instrument that directly assesses critical-thinking and written-communication skills. It does so through cognitively demanding, open-ended performance tasks and analytic-writing tasks. Since the inception of the CLA, CAE has amassed data on more than 200,000 students across hundreds of post-secondary and secondary schools.
The CLA dataset consists of de-identified student records. Each record is associated with a de-identified institution. Records include self-reported demographic information (e. g., sex, race/ethnicity), registrar-reported academic information (e. g., GPA, SAT scores), and CLA scores. CAE encourages the use of CLA data, in combination with data from other sources, to investigate important issues, such as the relationship between institutional resources and student learning.
Requests for access to CLA data should address the purpose of the proposed research and the role of CLA data in that research. Proposals should be accompanied by the curriculum vitae of the study’s primary investigator. All proposals will be reviewed by an advisory committee before an approval decision has been made.