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Critical Thinking and Student Success

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“Students must navigate a wide range of issues to achieve success.”

Research about college students of all different ages and backgrounds often focuses on how the experience of attending college impacts and shapes their lives. Our development as human beings continues throughout our lives. But the decade or so from late adolescence through young adulthood is particularly important because during these years students are

  • developing the competencies they will need to make a living in a complex society,
  • learning to manage their emotions,
  • moving through autonomy toward interdependence,
  • developing mature interpersonal relationships,
  • establishing our personal identity,
  • developing and refining our sense of purpose,
  • developing a greater integration of who we are with what we say and do in all circumstances.

Strong reasoning skills and a thinking mindset are needed to successfully navigate these many worthy endeavors.***

Regardless of degree program, strong critical thinking predicts college success, professional licensure, job hire, and government service rank. Colleges and universities recognize that building these skills and habits early is key to students’ success, so assessing critical thinking student learning outcomes is being prioritized. 

Data about the strength and weaknesses of students thinking provides valuable metrics for admissions, assisting placement , increasing retention and strengthening student support programs. Using Insight Assessment's cost effective valid and reliable assessment tools to identify students with critical thinking weaknesses permits clients to focus student success initiatives where they can do the most good. 

Contact us to learn how our individual and group reports provide the data you need for your improvement programs.

 ***   Adapted with permission from “Solve Problems and Succeed in College” (THINK Critically, Pearson Education), 2015 ,  a Freshman Seminar text, authors Facione and Gittens
 

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