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Measuring Student Strengths: Using Noncognitive Data to Address Retention and Success Initiatives

New Data in Action research from Campus Labs explores trends for six noncognitive factors assessed with the Campus Labs Student Strengths Inventory (SSI), reviewing data from more than 180,000 student respondents collected between 2013-2019 at 74 institutions across the United States.

This research began as a response to the enrollment challenges facing higher education and a desire to understand recent trends in the dispositions and attitudes of enrolled college students—in analyzing this large collection of responses both in aggregate and broken down by institution size and type, several trends initially stand out:

  • Overall, academic engagement has increased over time
  • Students show moderate levels of educational commitment, despite high scores in academic engagement and academic self-efficacy
  • Private four-year institutions have seen a decline in levels of campus engagement
  • Public four-year institutions have seen a decline in levels of resiliency
  • Small campuses overall face a surprising challenge: campus engagement
  • Large campuses (full-time enrollments of more than 8,000) saw a rise in respondents with low resiliency

Download the full whitepaper for analysis of six research questions— including examinations of trends by institution type and size, detailed campus case studies showcasing the use of noncognitive data in student success efforts, and a series of graphs and data figures.


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