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Why is it Important to Assess Thinking in the Fall?

Academic uses for student critical thinking skills and mindset data- Insight Assessment

Testing the critical thinking of incoming students in the Fall semester is a first step in a comprehensive analysis of educational effectiveness.

Colleges and universities in every state of the nation and many countries around the world use  Insight Assessment validated tools for accreditation, quality improvement, selective admissions and benchmarking. 

Individual and group reports provide valuable data to support student learning. A well designed assessment program delivers:

  • Diagnostic data to support student success : Evaluate student strengths and weaknesses in critical thinking skills and attributes as they enter academic schools or programs, providing useful information to all faculty.
  • Input for advising students: Fall test data provides useful information for placement and guiding students working to complete educational degree programs and professional preparation programs.
  • Improve student retention : Measuring the thinking skills and attributes of incoming students provides essential data for student support programs. At risk students benefit from early intervention with necessary developmental programs.
  • Comparison data for new student cohorts: Fall data establishes a baseline for the comparison of entering cohorts over time. Campus cohorts can be followed in relation to national norm comparison groups , marking their performance toward a campus quality enhancement goal, and providing an objective measure of improvement in student’ critical thinking.
  • Evaluate impact of new curricula or instructional approaches: Examining baseline data on entering cohorts is one way to measure the impact of new curriculum or pedagogical approaches at both the program and campus level. With a well-planned pre-post test design , data can be used to follow targeted test takers throughout their program, assessing the long term effectiveness of specific curricula.  Validated data is an important component of demonstrating student achievement of thinking learning outcomes for accreditation studies.
  • Critical thinking data for researchers: Research on the effectiveness of various strategies for training critical thinking skills and habits of mind in differing educational contexts has become a valuable contribution to student learning. Researchers obtain data at the beginning and end of a designed learning opportunity to examine evidence of the effectiveness of the strategies used to train critical thinking.

Insight Assessment delivers comprehensive and meaningful data that can be easily disseminated and applied to assist your efforts to document educational effectiveness plans.

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