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Many two year academic institutions choose to measure what really matters: good thinking. 

Community and technical colleges, certificate programs and other associate degree programs realize that student success is based on the strength of individual critical thinking skills and personal mindset attributes.  They depend on Insight Assessment tools to provide the highest quality, cost effective critical thinking metrics needed to support admissions, student retention and student success.

The measurement of the critical thinking skills and mindset of incoming students, individually and as a group, will provide vital data for tailoring student success services to the needs of specific students. Exit data on student critical thinking is valuable for other educational purposes such as program evaluation, accreditation or learning outcomes assessment.

In today’s world, nothing is more important than strength in problem analysis and strong decision-making skills. Critical thinking assessment is invaluable whether your project involves selective admissions to STEM and Heath Sciences programs, quality in admissions to business education, student retention initiatives, or the documenting of learning outcomes. Here are some two-year college success stories:

  • With an abundance of applicants for the Engineering Technology degree program, the program faculty found that the Test of Everyday Reasoning (TER)   and the Adult Level California Measure of Mental Motivation (CM3 III) identified their most qualified applicants. They used national percentile benchmarks to document the strength of their program graduates.
  • An urban college linked their SACS QEP initiative to a Statewide concern for improving the percentage of students who successfully complete their associate degree level career training.  The college’s QEP project using the TER and College Student Success (CSS) assessments to identify students at risk in their first semester, assisting their teaching and learning professionals to tailor the college’s support services.
  • Directors of the Nursing and the Physical Therapy Assistant programs selected the Health Sciences Reasoning Test – Associate Degree (HSRT-AD)  and the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI) to augment their admissions screening process. Strong scores on skills and mindset attributes long acknowledged as desired qualities and abilities in these clinical disciplines improved degree completion and licensure rates.
  •  A college transition director at another community college uses the College Student Success (CSS) instrument to guide students through a smooth transfer to their Bachelors completion program. The individual reports generated by the CSS give the advisor and the student a clear picture of the transfer student’s critical thinking skill set, motivation to learn, drive to succeed and much.

As the leader in reasoning assessment worldwide, our full service solution includes presentation-ready group statistics and graphics , scores spreadsheets, optional individual student reports, multiple language testing options, client customizable demographic question options, and same-day score reporting with 24/7 online, mobile or desktop testing , plus educational discounts and much more.  Visit our website for details about these services and to access our Resources bank of critical thinking teaching support materials.

Call us at 650-697-5628 or use our website’s “Contact us” link for a free quote for your project. Talk with an Insight Assessment representative about how other 2 year programs have added critical thinking assessment to their admissions and early cohort assessment procedures and how they document students’ strength in critical thinking as a criterion for receiving performance-based funding.

Follow our blog, Thinking INSIGHT , or RSS feed for more stories of assessment projects that help educators at all levels achieve their goals.              

INSIGHT: Building Future

Investing in employee development takes planning but it doesn’t have to be hard.

Start by focusing on a worthy goal:

What employee strengths and weaknesses most impact your company potential? Are poor decisions and missed opportunities too frequent? Targeting the development of the high quality decision-making skills and motivation needed for business operations will deliver ongoing benefits. 

It’s difficult to develop an internal program for improving thinking skills. INSIGHT Development Program includes assessment and critical thinking training modules that can be integrated into your training programs or can be implemented as new initiative.

  • INSIGHT Development Program focuses on the core critical thinking skills and professional attributes that predict workplace success.  An extensive array of self-paced learning modules guide individuals toward the continued improvement of their reasoning using workplace examples together with a valid assessment of thinking mindset attributes and reasoning skills.

Then gather high quality, relevant OBJECTIVE data.

Make sure you will obtain high integrity data that can be the foundation of employee development plans.  You will need objective, affordable metrics on how prospective employees will perform when faced with new problems in high stakes and time-limited situations. (for more info on how to choose a thinking assessment).

INSIGHT Development Program includes the use of industry leading Insight Assessment testing instruments to measure employee thinking.  Individual and group report options provide comprehensive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses on 5 critical thinking skills and 10 essential mindset attributes that are characteristic of contributing members of a team.

  • INSIGHT assessments of individual employee thinking have a proven record of reliability and meet statistical requirements of validity. Assessments are administered via our secure, encrypted online interface available 24-7, easily administered at single or multiple sites, at test centers, to groups & to individuals.  Results will be delivered to you quickly and confidentially.
    • Bonus Hint: Learn from your best : Start by measuring the skills and mindsets of your high performers; find out what makes them excel. Once you identify the core reasoning characteristics that you need throughout your organization, you can establish benchmarks for hiring and talent development.

Evaluate effectiveness

And of course, be sure to build in a plan to assess the effectiveness of your plans and initiatives. Comparing pre and post training data confirms training and program effectiveness. Insight Assessment testing specialists can help you optimize your assessment program to support your development plan goals.

Use it or lose it (time, money & motivation)! 

You must use the data to get value. Your employee development program should help your business create an integrated approach to improving thinking. Reports on strengths and weaknesses in critical business reasoning skills and mindset attributes are valuable when applied to:  

Be proactive.

Ultimately, employee development plans should help you maximize your most valuable resource--your employees, managers and leadership. Be proactive but make sure your actions are governed by  data and metrics.

  • Insight Assessment delivers the entire package: engaging self-paced thinking skills and mindset employee training modules and a secure online prescreening tool that delivers consistent objective metrics on the specific skills and the mindsets that will increase the quality of decision making throughout your organization. 

Start your plan now.

Contact us if you want to invest in training and development programs to improve the critical thinking skills that determine the quality of your products and services.

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