Student Achievement of Institutional Goals

In compliance with Council on Higher Education Accreditation and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges standards, Bridgewater College establishes goals for student learning and assesses the success of students in achieving those goals. These institutional goals were established by BC2020: The Strategic Plan of Bridgewater College and include benchmarks for student learning in the areas of critical thinking, critical reading, written communication and scientific and quantitative literacy. Student achievement of these goals is assessed by the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+), a test administered by the Council for Aid to Education. The CLA+ includes a “Performance Task” component in which students construct a written argument that integrates a set of documents to address a real world problem and also a series of “Selected-Response Questions” that measure scientific and quantitative reasoning and critical thinking. The results of our Spring 2016 adminstration of the CLA+ to graduating seniors is summarized below.

Institutional Goal

Instrument: Subscore


2014 Results

2016 Results

Critical Reading
Strategic Plan Goal 1.d
CLA+ Critical Reading & Evaluation Above mean for all CLA institutions 5 points above 15 points below
Critical Thinking
Strategic Plan Goal 1.d
CLA+ Analysis & Problem Solving
Critique an Argument
Mastery Level
< 90% above level 3
Above mean for all CLA institutions
5 points above
8 points above
Written Communication
Strategic Plan Goal 1.a,d.
CLA+ Writing Effectiveness
Writing Mechanics
< 90% above level 3
< 90% above level 3
Scientific and Quantitative Literacy
Strategic Plan Goal 1.d
CLA+ Scientific & Quantitative Reasoning Above mean for all CLA institutions 15 points above 19 points below