CT in Student Affairs Programs

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Why is critical thinking a learning outcome of Student Affairs co-curricular programming?

  • Critical thinking may just be the most important college level student learning outcome.
  • Through the development of critical thinking, Student Affairs can meaningfully partner with Academic Affairs.
  • Critical thinking is a student learning outcome addressed by regional and professional accreditation.
  • All Student Affairs programs can advance students’ critical thinking skills and habits of mind, but  the Freshman Seminar program, residence life programming, student clubs and organizations, student publications, and service learning are particularly effective.

Student Affairs Vice Presidents and Professionals are using Insight Assessment tests, the California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST), the Test of Everyday Reasoning (TER), the California Critical Thinking Disposition Inventory (CCTDI), and the California Measure of Mental Motivation (CM3) Adult Level, to  prove  the educational effectiveness of their Student Affairs programming.  They value the ability to document how their programs advance the institution’s critical thinking outcome.

Insight Assessment’s cost-and-time-effective tests of critical thinking skills rely on case-based scenarios to provide objective, valid and reliable measures of core problem solving and decision making skills.  Assessment solutions are available using either on-line testing or paper-and-pencil testing. Please Contact Us to discuss testing needs or strategies for assessing critical thinking as a learning outcome using one of Insight Assessment’s critical thinking measurement tools.

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