NYIT Students Participate in Special Learning Assessment

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College education is changing all the time with new continuous new developments in areas such as technology that also changes learning style in the classrooms on college campuses. Earlier this semester, NYIT’s Vice President of Planning and Assessment Dr. Harriet Arnone gave freshmen at both the Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses a chance to participate in a test with the Collegiate Learning Assessment and also for a chance at a great prize. One hundred students between the two campuses took part in this 90 minute assessment during the month of October.

The CLA assists faculty, department chairs, school administrators and others interested in programmatic change to improve teaching and learning, particularly with respect to strengthening higher order skills. Dr. Arnone liked the opportunity this assessment had to offer. “They have significant experience and their tests are being used by many other colleges,” says Dr. Arnone. “We will be able to see how the Academic progress made by students at NYIT compares with other schools across the country.”

The organization’s website www.collegiatelearningassessment.org, states the student’s benefit from taking this test. “The CLA measures a student’s critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving, and written communication skills. Their score report will include strengths and weaknesses on these skills and compare performance to other students at NYIT and nationwide. A student’s participation will also help NYIT gauge its performance in helping you develop these skills and, in the future, focus resources on what works. The Council for Aid to Education, a nonprofit research organization, is conducting the CLA. “

As a result of participating in this assessment, Dr. Arnone rewarded these students by entering them into a drawing to win an iPad2 while also receiving $25 for just taking this assessment. Not a bad prize for just taking a test.  “We consulted with Athletic Director Clyde Doughty and Dean Michael Burnett whom consulted with students about what would be a good incentive and the iPad  won Hands-Down!” Dr. Arnone said. Five iPad2’s were raffled off which gave each student who took the test a 1/5 chance in winning.

The winners were drawn in a raffle at the Old Westbury campus on October 21st, students Sifath Chowdhury, Kevin Hassan, Brandi Peacock, Keren Thomas, and Kieran Roopchan each won an iPad2. With the holidays almost here, if an iPad2 was on these students wish list, they can now cross it off after being part of this study for the school. Sometimes you can earn great things by giving and volunteering as these 100 students showed here by offering their time to take this assessment for the CLA.

 

 

 

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