|Overview||Origin of the CSA|
|Quick Facts About the CSA||Administering the CSA|
|Factor Descriptions and Sample Items||Items on the CSA|
The Continuing Student Assessment (CSA) seeks to reveal the non-cognitive state of students who have been enrolled in college for longer than one (1) academic year. The assessment was designed to be a recurring compliment to the Student Strengths Inventory. The CSA provides nationally compared factor scores for seven (7) non-cogntiive factors.
- 65 Items
- Seven (7) non-cognitive factor areas
- Academic engagement
- Campus Engagement
- Career Maturity
- Life Complexity
- Self-Regulatory and Agentic Learning
- Developed with participation of 23 campuses across the United States
- Administered via website
|Academic Engagement||The value an individual places on academics and attentiveness to school work.||I have discussed my career plans with one or more professors.|
|Campus Engagement||An individual's desire to be involved in campus activities and their attachment to the college/university.||I have identified one or more people on campus who can write me a strong letter of recommendation.|
|Career Maturity||An individual's sense of purpose and confidence in their current career path.||I am unsure if my interests are consistent with my intended career.|
|Identity||An individuals sense of self and their confidence in their personal growth.||I am comfortable with who I am as a person.|
|Life Complexity||The level of external support, resources, and strategies that the individual has to draw from.||Responsibilities at home sometimes interfere with my ability to focus on school work.|
|Resiliency||An individual's approach to challenging situations and stressful events.||Other people consider me to be a calm person.|
|Self-Regulatory Learning||An individual's confidence in creating a successful learning environment for themselves.||Poor performance in class represents an opportunity to try out new learning strategies.|
The original items for the CSA were generated by the authors of the Student Strengths Inventory based on their continued research into the impact of non-cognitive behaviors and attitudes on college student success. The original set of 108 items were deployed to a pool of 23 campuses who participated in a study during the Spring semester of 2013. After data collection was finished a regression analysis was used to identify the most impactful items, which reduced the final item count to 65 which are referable to seven (7) non-cognitive concepts.
To administer the CSA follow the same procedure for administering the Student Strengths Inventory. To begin select "Create Administration" from the Administrations page. Full set-up instructions can be found here.
All items are presented as statements with a 6 point Likert-scale response option escalating from “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.”
Each page begins with the prompt: Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements:
- College is everything I hoped it would be.
- I am committed to my choice of career.
- Responsibilities at work sometimes interfere with my ability to focus on school work.
- I wait until the last minute to complete course assignments.
- I am unsure if my interests are consistent with my intended career.
- I have interacted with one or more of my professors outside of class.
- I am not easily frustrated.
- I have a successful strategy for achieving academic goals.
- I struggle finding meaning in life.
- Sometimes I worry about my ability to graduate from college.
- Little things upset me.
- I always set aside specific times each week to study.
- I have researched internships or summer employment opportunities related to my career choice.
- My life has purpose.
- I belong to one or more campus clubs or organizations.
- Most of my friends attend this college/university.
- I have more spare time than most people.
- I participate in campus co-curricular activities.
- Attending this college/university was the right choice for me.
- My life seems more complicated than other people's.
- I am an anxious person.
- I am hesitant to ask questions in class.
- I am worried that I will not have time to dedicate to school work.
- Attending college will require me to spend less time with family or friends.
- I actively participate in class discussions.
- I have identified one or more people on campus who can write me a strong letter of recommendation.
- I discuss course content with other students outside of class.
- I am worried about my ability to succeed academically.
- I struggle with dedicating time to studying.
- I find it hard to relax.
- I have some doubt about my choice of career path.
- I feel like I belong on this campus.
- I know where to seek help when I struggle with class concepts.
- Other people consider me to be a calm person.
- I view academic failures as opportunities to improve.
- Poor performance in class represents an opportunity to try out new learning strategies.
- I have time in my life right now to dedicate to school work.
- My life seems to be on track.
- My college experience has been disappointing.
- Responsibilities at home sometimes interfere with my ability to focus on school work.
- I find many of my classes boring.
- I am confused about what career choice to pursue.
- I have to sacrifice other aspects of my life to succeed in college.
- I am a very busy person.
- I am a worrier.
- I struggle organizing my notes from class.
- I often visit professors during office hours.
- In general, my classes are interesting.
- I have participated in supplemental instruction or other study sessions associated with my classes.
- I am on track in achieving my career goals.
- I am satisfied with my experience at this college/university.
- I am a very emotional person.
- Work is a priority for me right now.
- I am considering leaving this college/university.
- I have discussed my career plans with one or more professors.
- I have participated in a study group made of my peers.
- I am comfortable with who I am as a person.
- I don't manage stress well.
- My study strategies aren't working as well as I would like.
- I find many of my classes irrelevant.
- I need to eat a more healthy diet.
- I am thinking of changing my college major.
- People on this campus care about my success.
- I have specific strategies for relieving stress.
- I look for opportunities to socialize on my campus.
Optional Demographic Questions that can be Included in the CSA
- First Name
- Last Name
- Date of Birth
- Is your ethnic background Hispanic/Latino?
- What is your racial background?
- What is the highest level of education you expect to complete?
- What is your current grade level in school?
- What is (or was) your overall high school grade point average? (Range:0.0 - 4.0)
- What is the highest level of education attained by your MOTHER (or Guardian #1)?
- What is the highest level of education attained by your FATHER (or Guardian #2)?
- If known, what are your ACT and/or SAT scores: