The Student Strengths Inventory (SSI) is an instrument that is guided by over 30 years of research on non-cognitive or psycho-social attitudes and behaviors that are present in successful people.  The SSI seeks to measure the following factors:

  • Academic Engagement
  • Academic Self-Efficacy
  • Campus Engagement
  • Educational Commitment
  • Resiliency
  • Social Comfort

These factors, sometimes referred to as Grit, can help educators classify and organize conversation and advice to students based on behaviors and trends that are not typically measured via cognitive or academic measurement.  The SSI is intended to be taken by first-time college students.

Attached to this article you will find a slide presentation outlining the six factors of the SSI.

In addition to scores associated with the six factors listed above, the SSI produces the following two predictive scores, which are visible to Beacon users who have Advisor roles or higher:

  • Retention Probability: the probability that the student will return to this institution for their second year
  • Academic Success Probability: the probability that the student will complete their first year with at least a 2.0 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale
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