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           Critical Thinking

  • Faculty-driven experiment in assessing critical thinking.
  • CAT is one of several instruments designed to provide summative data on undergraduate critical thinking (others are CLA, CAAP).
  • Smith undertook one NSF-funded administration of the test in coordination with Bowdoin College.
  • Results did not point to clear course of action in curriculum or administration at either campus.
  • CAT experiment opened up a positive dialogue among faculty about assessment of critical thinking.
  • Smith does not plan to administer CAT again; critical thinking assessment discussion continues.




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