Overview Origin of the CSA
Quick Facts About the CSA Administering the CSA
Factor Descriptions and Sample Items  


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
    • Academic Engagement
    • Campus Engagement
    • Career Maturity
    • Identity
    • Life Complexity
    • Resiliency
    • Self-Regulatory and Agentic Learning
  • Developed with participation of 23 campuses across the United States
  • Administered via website
  • Mobile-friendly

Factor Descriptions and Sample Items

Factor Description Sample Item
Academic Engagement An individual's commitment to school work and the value that is placed on academics. I have interacted with one or more of my professors outside of class.
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.

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 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.  Full set-up instructions can be found here.

Have more questions? Submit a request