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 1st time college students.

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

All students will be asked the following questions at the begining of the assessment

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Email
  4. Date of Birth
  5. If known, what are your ACT and/or SAT scores

An institution can choose to add demographic questions to the SSI to collect more information about a student. The additional demographic questions are:

  1. Sex
  2. Is your ethnic background Hispanic/Latino?
  3. What is your racial background?
  4. What is the highest level of education you expect to complete?
  5. What is your current grade level in school?
  6. What is (or was) your overall high school grade point average? (Range:0.0 - 4.0)
  7. What is the highest level of education attained by your MOTHER (or Guardian #1)?
  8. What is the highest level of education attained by your FATHER (or Guardian #2)?
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