Predictive Validity of a Critical Thinking Assessment for Post-College Outcomes

Doris Zahner, Ph.D. and Jessalynn K. James | September 30, 2015 

Do “generic” skills such as critical thinking and written communication matter in the workplace? A recent study indicates that, in addition to a student’s major in college and the selectivity of an institution, better performance on an assessment of critical-thinking and written-communication skills is associated with higher rates of employment.

Read this study to learn whether these skills are empirically predictive of post-college outcomes. CLA+ data from graduating seniors will help answer questions about the importance of these skills and the effectiveness of using CLA+ as a tool for leveling the playing field for high-ability graduates from less- and non-competitive institutions.