UNC-system students might have to add one more test to their planners if a pilot program administered next year is successful.
As part of the system’s five-year strategic plan, the Collegiate Learning Assessment — which tests critical thinking, problem solving and written communication skills — will be administered to freshmen across five system campuses in the fall.
Seniors on those campuses will take the assessment in spring 2014.
COLLEGIATE LEARNING ASSESSMENT
- The UNC system’s strategic plan requires five campuses to administer the assessment.
- UNC-Pembroke, East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Fayetteville State University and Western Carolina University will test freshmen beginning this fall.
The test will have no effect on grades or transcripts, said Bobby Sharp, director of institutional research, assessment and planning at Appalachian State University, which ran trials of the program in 2008 and 2011.
The results will be used to analyze the effectiveness of a university’s curriculum in stimulating critical thinking, he said.