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Does Higher Education Teach Students to Think Critically?

There is a growing gap between the qualifications that a university degree certifies and the actual 21st-century skills students graduate from higher education with. While higher education institutions need to make changes to ensure what they’re teaching is what’s needed in the workplace, secondary schools can also help students develop essential skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication.

To help higher education institutions assess and teach the critical skills students need in their jobs and careers, The Council for Aid to Education (CAE) developed the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+). The assessment was utilized in six countries between 2016 and 2021. A new OECD report, Does Higher Education Teach Students to Think Critically?, examines key research findings.

Hear an Overview of the Study Findings from the Researchers

On August 30, the researchers gathered in Hamburg, Germany to discuss the findings of the study. Watch a recording of the event to hear experts discuss how these findings can improve education.

Help Students Build Essential Skills Before They Graduate High School!

By measuring your students’ essential college and career readiness skills in secondary school, you’ll better prepare them for success in college and the workplace. CAE’s assessment of essential skills for grades 6–12, College & Career Readiness Assessment (CCRA+), provides actionable data to guide instruction that will build students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication skills. 

Learn more about CCRA+. If you have questions or would like to see a demo of the assessment, fill out the form and we’ll schedule a time to chat. 

Want to learn more about measuring your students’ critical thinking skills?

Fill out the form to request a consultation about CAE’s College & Career Readiness Assessment (CCRA+).