College Student Success (CSS)

College Student Success (CSS) Assessment

College Student Success (CSS) is a nationally normed standardized assessment of the specific reasoning skills and personal mindset attributes predictive of success as in college

CSS Purpose:

College Student Success (CSS) is an assessment tool designed to provide objective measures of the college success mindset and college success reasoning skills of first year undergraduates, college success programs and non-traditional student admissions.

Veterans, transfers, and re-entry adult student applicants have had widely varied life, military, educational, and workplace backgrounds and experiences. College entrance tests taken in high school are not useful predictors of their potential for success as re-entry adult or transfer students.  College GPAs may not be current or comparable because of varied timing, quality, subject matter, type of higher education experience.  As a result, determining which transfer or re-entry student applicants to accept can be extremely difficult for fair-minded college admissions officers. The CSS is used to verify transfer students have the skills to succeed in college level coursework.

CSS metrics are used to :

  • Provide admissions officers with scores from a standardized measure of those attributes and skills which are genuinely predictive of success as a transfer student or as a re-entry adult student.  These scores can then be included among the factors considered when making those life-changing admissions decisions.
  • Provide advisors, learning success counselors, and the students themselves with individualized reports about their strength of their reasoning skills and the quality of their mindset attributes which are predictive of success in learning. This enables students and advisors to plan together how the student will address any apparent deficits before academic problems in the classroom begin to develop. 
  • To determine whether the student success program is itself a success. Pretest and posttest data on gains in reasoning skills and learning mindset attributes which directly impact actual learning can now be gathered objectively.  
  • To increase retention and graduation rates by identifying students in need of early intervention and learning support programs.
  • For general admissions to cost-effectively include the assessment of both reasoning skills and mindset in a single instrument to support efforts to admit a strong entry cohort.

CSS Overview:

Strong reasoning skills and positive thinking mindset are vital to success in every academic discipline and major field of study.  College Student Success (CSS) provides objective meaningful measures to identify the students most ready to learn and those in need of learning support programs. 

The CSS is a two-part discipline neutral tool that uses everyday scenarios to measure the strength of reasoning skills and the mindset required of successful learners and workers.  Test items range in difficulty and complexity.

  • The College Success Mindset (CSM), which can be administered in 30 minutes, provides data on the attitudinal dimensions of the core critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills and the learning mindset attributes which predict academic success, attributes such as the motivation to learn and the drive to succeed.
  • The College Success Reasoning Skills instrument (CSRS), which can be administered in a single 50-minute class period, can provide data to describe pretest to post-test changes in the strengths of core critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills that the faculty know to be essential for subject matter learning.

Scale Scores Reported:

CSS reports strengths and weaknesses on a comprehensive array of reasoning skills and mindset that are typical of successful learners who achieve their academic goals.

  • Does the applicant have the mindset of the successful learner who achieves their academic goals? The College Success Mindset (CSM) provides numerical and qualitative scores for seven personal attributes highly valued by admissions officers in their evaluation of transfer or Re-Entry Adult applicants:  Motivation to Learn, Drive to Succeed, Judgment, Intellectual Integrity, Foresight, Resilience, and Creativity.
  • Does the applicant have the strength of reasoning skills needed to be successful at the college level and beyond?  The College Success Reasoning Skills (CSRS) provides a numerical, qualitative, and percentile ranking for Overall Reasoning Skills, plus numerical and qualitative scores on five specific skill breakouts: Analytical Reasoning, Evaluative Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reasoning in Uncertainty, and Reasoning with Precision.

Detailed individual and group reports can be transmitted automatically to the client admissions office.

Test Administration

Insight Assessment offers a full service assessment solution, providing the industry‚Äôs most complete and cost-effective array of flexible testing options including app and browser based online administration as well as the traditional paper and pencil method. Secure, encrypted online testing is available 24x7x365 on our multilingual delivery options.  An in-app tutorial makes navigation easy. Tests are available directly at your site or multiple sites, at test centers or to individuals. Clients are able to select and offer their test takers one or more of the testing methods which are suitable for their specific test environments and needs. Insight Assessment testing specialists will work directly with your in-house technology representative during set-up to ensure a smooth solution.

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