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FAQs: Accreditation, Comparison Groups and State Funding

Most of our regional comprehensive university clients are engaged in quality improvement projects that involve the training and assessment of critical thinking and problem solving, building reasoning skills for STEM disciplines or training students’ reasoning skills for professional occupations in Business and the Health Sciences.

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At the college, community college, professional school level regional and national accrediting agencies recognize the data gathered with our testing tools for purposes of educational outcomes assessment and accreditation. States with performance funding mandates , e.g. Tennessee, have approved certain of our tools for use i...

We have many customers who use one or more of our instruments to demonstrate achievement of students' learning outcomes to their accrediting bodies. Our  Assessment Reports scoring package (which is included with the purchase of any Insight Assessment test instrument) provides you with the tables and graphics needed to compare your...

Yes. Customers throughout the nation use Insight Assessment products to examine student readiness at program admission and document their educational effectiveness in their program graduates.  Many colleges, universities and technical schools in performance funding states (such as Tennessee) rely on our test instruments because they deliver ...

At Insight Assessment, we specialize in multi-year QEP data gathering focused on critical thinking, one of the most meaningful and broadly endorsed learning outcomes.  We have been working with SACS institution QEP projects for more than 25 years, and therefore have the experience, the technology, and the expertise to support your cr...

SACS QEPs should focus on competencies that can bring lifelong value to students and energize a campus community.

Developing strong critical thinking in students is a challenging goal widely embraced by education stakeholders at every level, including employers, policy makers and faculty.  Here are some suggestions from the Insight Assessment researchers for addressing SACS...

Specifying goals for your Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is best done by obtaining some baseline data for your student group. This will allow you to target particular skills or habits of mind in the following years of the QEP project. Even so, it will be important to set realistic goals for your QEP.  All of the following would be reasonable approaches to your QEP outcomes assessment in critical thinking.

QEP is the term used by many companies, colleges and universities to refer to their program for improving employee or student learning. It means Quality Enhancement Plan. Insight Assessment has a number of options that can help you plan your QEP and a variety of report packages to assist you with reporting the result of your QEP.

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Every individual  INSIGHT report provides a clear and informative description of an individual’s reasoning and decision making strengths and areas for improvement. In some cases, it may also be important to compare one individual to others who hold the same credentials or who are employed in positions with similar decision-making responsibility. Gr...

Yes. We have many customers who use one or more of our instruments to demonstrate achievement of students' learning outcomes to their accrediting bodies. Different groups of test takers have very different performance levels and therefore their scores differ quite a bit on standardized instruments. It is important to understand how your group of test takers compares to selected

Yes, group and individual comparison percentile scores on Insight Assessment critical thinking skills tests can be benchmarked against national comparison groups.  We offer national benchmark norms for educational levels ranging from K-12 through college and post-graduate.

 A  comparison percentile score is available for each of these critical thinking skills tests (

Yes.   Group and individual comparison percentile scores on Insight Assessment critical thinking skills tests can be benchmarked against national comparison groups for educational levels ranging from K-12 through college and post graduate programs..

Insight Assessment’s  internal grant program enables us to pr...

Yes, Insight Assessment has published both undergraduate and graduate percentiles for the Business Critical Thinking Skills Test (BCTST) for students at AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited business programs. Our customers can elect t...

It is important to understand how your group of test takers compares to selected external comparison groups, for example, the population of comparable regional or national peer groups.

Different groups of test takers have very different performance levels and therefore their scores differ quite a bit on scientifically developed measures of cognitive ability. 

Individual and group scores are provided for all Insight Assessment test instruments. Different groups of test takers have very different performance levels and therefore their scores differ quite a bit on scientifically developed measures of cognitive ability. It is important to understand how your group of test takers compares to selected external comparison groups, for example, the population of comparable regional or national peer group...

IRB is an abbreviation of "Institutional Review Board" and it refers to any committee or board tasked with oversight of research conducted on human subjects. Your IRB may ask about your planned testing to determine if the instrument being used protects the right of your test takers. Insight Assessment can provide you with our

There is a special process to help you with this IRB request. Two online previews of the test instrument and a PDF copy of the Test Manual are included with the purchase of an instrument preview pack. You can make arrangements for authorized members of a review committee or IRB panel to use one of these previews to view the test in its entirety through our encrypted on-line e-testing system. We will provide special login/passwords for that....

Pretest and posttest your students' critical thinking skills and critical thinking habits of mind using Insight Assessment's critical thinking measurement tools. The difference between the pre and post test re...

Yes, you can use the Legal Studies Reasoning Profile ( LSRP ) to demonstrate the quality of professional programs and the benchmark proficiency of this year’s graduating class.   In response to calls for educational outcomes assessment, the LSRP reports ...

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