The QEP planning committee selected the Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT exam) to be used as the student standardized assessment tool. The CAT exam measures twelve skill areas identified by faculty across disciplines and provided a score comparable to established national norms. Consideration was given to its' correlation to the outcome measures identified and the operational definition of critical thinking skills. The twelve skills measured were aligned with the QEP operational definition of critical thinking skills, student and faculty outcomes and all QEP program components.
The CAT exam is administered to students as they entered their junior year and again upon completion of their senior year. Students are grouped by cohort for a two-year cycle. The first administration is a formative assessment and was used to identify target areas for emphasis in faculty development activities. The second administration is a summative assessment and is used to provide information about student competency of critical thinking skills.
CAT scores are presented annually as part of the QEP annual report by SHP program area.
Standardized Assessment CAT Exam Reports:
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