More Minn. Colleges and Universities Offering Exit Exams
About 200 colleges and universities around the country are putting students to the test... a standardized "exit" test.
It's called the "Collegiate Learning Assessment," or CLA and it's not designed to test knowledge of a certain subject matter, but instead critical thinking skills and written communication.
For example, students are presented with a number of scenarios and conflicts, and they must offer solutions in written essays.
The CLA is gaining popularity because while grades can be subjective, this is a standardized, uniform way to test students on the skills potential employers value in the marketplace.
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is one local school that's used the CLA since 2009.
"I think employers are really struggling to identify ways to see how students graduating from college are more prepared than others at certain things, " said Tom Haakenson from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Other Minnesota schools using CLA include Augsberg College, St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict.