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Clarion University Students - Help us to assess the educational value of the university experience and earn free gift cards in the process!

We still have seats available for 50 freshmen and 50 seniors to take a standardized test to express the value of a college education.  The 108-question multiple choice test assesses your critical thinking, reading, writing, and mathematical skills.  The exam is anonymous and will in no way be recorded as part of any individual student's academic record at CU.

And what do you get for 75-90 minutes of your time?  Every student who completes the exam will receive a $20 Sheetz gift card.  In addition, one out of every eight who complete the exam will also receive a $40 Applebee's gift card.  Plus every student who completes the exam will be entered into a drawing for four field level seats plus parking to a Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds game later this summer.

Your efforts on this exam will help CU to possibly receive thousands of dollars in additional state funding for expanded academic programming at the university.

We have two more test dates:

Wednesday, May 15th, 4 p.m. in 118 Founders Hall

Thursday, May 16th, 1 p.m. (prior to commencement rehearsal), in 118 Founders Hall.

Please e-mail Dr. Todd Pfannestiel at immediately while seats still remain.  In your e-mail indicate your name, whether you are a freshman or a senior, and your preferred test date.


This website provides ongoing information regarding Clarion University's extensive assessment activities in all units and divisions.  Specifically, it aligns university assessment results along four categories:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education re-accreditation standards
  • Clarion University strategic plan goals
  • institutional assessment
  • student learning outcomes


Academic and infrastructure scorecards relate information pertaining to the enrollment, financial, and employment strengths of all units at the university.

Employees of Clarion University may access the scorecards for academic and infrastructure programs by logging into the following intranet site with their Clarion University username ( and password.  Others wishing to obtain this information should contact the Office of Information Management and Institutional Research at (814) 393-2522.

Scorecard Intranet Connection


The Institutional and Student Learning Assessment Committee is a university-wide committee dedicated to advancing the assessment of institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes at Clarion University.  The purpose of ISLAC is to help advance a sustainable culture of assessment at Clarion University that is both valued and supported across all divisions.  In addressing this charge, the committee works to ensure that:

(1). Clarion University has developed and implemented an assessment process that evaluates its overall effectiveness in achieving its mission and strategic directions and its compliance with institutional accreditation standards;

(2). Clarion University's assessment of student learning demonstrates that students have knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with the goals of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and of the university.

ISLAC's membership is comprised of the lead assessment persons from each of the university's colleges and divisions.  The committee is currently chaired by the Faculty Fellow for Planning, Assessment, and Improvement.  ISLAC meets at least one each semester and renders an annual report describing how the committee met its purpose by June 30th of each year.

ISLAC membership 2012-2013