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.


Quick facts about the CSA

  • 65 Items
  • Seven (7) non-cognitive factor areas
    • Career Maturity
    • Campus Engagement
    • Life Complexity
    • Resiliency
    • Self-Regulatory and Agentic Learning
    • Identify
    • Academic Engagement
  • Developed with participation of 23 campuses across the United States
  • Administered via website
  • Mobile-friendly

Origin of the CSA

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.

Administering the CSA

To administer the CSA follow the same procedure for administering the Student Strengths Inventory.  To begin select "Create Administration" from the Administrations page.

Items on the CSA

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:

  1. College is everything I hoped it would be.
  2. I am committed to my choice of career.
  3. Responsibilities at work sometimes interfere with my ability to focus on school work.
  4. I wait until the last minute to complete course assignments.
  5. I am unsure if my interests are consistent with my intended career.
  6. I have interacted with one or more of my professors outside of class.
  7. I am not easily frustrated.
  8. I have a successful strategy for achieving academic goals.
  9. I struggle finding meaning in life.
  10. Sometimes I worry about my ability to graduate from college.
  11. Little things upset me.
  12. I always set aside specific times each week to study.
  13. I have researched internships or summer employment opportunities related to my career choice.
  14. My life has purpose.
  15. I belong to one or more campus clubs or organizations.
  16. Most of my friends attend this college/university.
  17. I have more spare time than most people.
  18. I participate in campus co-curricular activities.
  19. Attending this college/university was the right choice for me.
  20. My life seems more complicated than other people's.
  21. I am an anxious person.
  22. I am hesitant to ask questions in class.
  23. I am worried that I will not have time to dedicate to school work.
  24. Attending college will require me to spend less time with family or friends.
  25. I actively participate in class discussions.
  26. I have identified one or more people on campus who can write me a strong letter of recommendation.
  27. I discuss course content with other students outside of class.
  28. I am worried about my ability to succeed academically.
  29. I struggle with dedicating time to studying.
  30. I find it hard to relax.
  31. I have some doubt about my choice of career path.
  32. I feel like I belong on this campus.
  33. I know where to seek help when I struggle with class concepts.
  34. Other people consider me to be a calm person.
  35. I view academic failures as opportunities to improve.
  36. Poor performance in class represents an opportunity to try out new learning strategies.
  37. I have time in my life right now to dedicate to school work.
  38. My life seems to be on track.
  39. My college experience has been disappointing.
  40. Responsibilities at home sometimes interfere with my ability to focus on school work.
  41. I find many of my classes boring.
  42. I am confused about what career choice to pursue.
  43. I have to sacrifice other aspects of my life to succeed in college.
  44. I am a very busy person.
  45. I am a worrier.
  46. I struggle organizing my notes from class.
  47. I often visit professors during office hours.
  48. In general, my classes are interesting.
  49. I have participated in supplemental instruction or other study sessions associated with my classes.
  50. I am on track in achieving my career goals.
  51. I am satisfied with my experience at this college/university.
  52. I am a very emotional person.
  53. Work is a priority for me right now.
  54. I am considering leaving this college/university.
  55. I have discussed my career plans with one or more professors.
  56. I have participated in a study group made of my peers.
  57. I am comfortable with who I am as a person.
  58. I don't manage stress well.
  59. My study strategies aren't working as well as I would like.
  60. I find many of my classes irrelevant.
  61. I need to eat a more healthy diet.
  62. I am thinking of changing my college major.
  63. People on this campus care about my success.
  64. I have specific strategies for relieving stress.
  65. I look for opportunities to socialize on my campus.

 Optional Demographic Questions that can be Included in the CSA

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Email
  4. Date of Birth
  5. Sex
  6. Is your ethnic background Hispanic/Latino?
  7. What is your racial background?
  8. What is the highest level of education you expect to complete?
  9. What is your current grade level in school?
  10. What is (or was) your overall high school grade point average? (Range:0.0 - 4.0)
  11. What is the highest level of education attained by your MOTHER (or Guardian #1)?
  12. What is the highest level of education attained by your FATHER (or Guardian #2)?
  13. If known, what are your ACT and/or SAT scores:
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