Marshall announces top scoring freshmen on national assessment exam

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Last fall, 102 Marshall University freshmen voluntarily took the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), a national assessment examination that measures students’ critical thinking, problem solving, analytical reasoning and written communication skills.  

Dr. Mary Reynolds, director of assessment of Marshall, said the test is an open-ended exam that asks students to solve real-world problems.

The following students scored the highest on the test. They are listed alphabetically, with their hometowns, majors, and colleges:

· Brittanee Barton of Dublin, Ohio., Broadcast Journalism, W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications

· Laura Der of  Clarksville, Ind.,  Advertising, W. Page Pitt School  of Journalism and Mass Communications

· Caroline Harwell of Mooresville, N.C., History, College of Liberal Arts

· Jenna Hilgefort of Hebron, Ky., Pre-Health, College of Health Professions

· Michelle Hogmire of Gerrardstown, W.Va., English, College of Liberal Arts

· Cassandra Jones of  Leivasy, W.Va., Pre-Science,  College of Science

· Spenser Kaufman of Clinton, Ohio,  Forensic Chemistry, College of Science

· Justin O’Bryon of Williamstown, W.Va., Business, Lewis College of  Business

· Kasey Roth of Wheelersburg, Ohio,  Athletic Training, College of Health Professions

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