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The Importance of Critical Thinking in Student Success

Student success depends on critical thinking skills & mindset - Insight Assessment
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Being willing and able to think well, engaging important issues and resolving key problems, is vital for student academic success.

When thinking skills and mindset are well matched to the demands of the academic program, student retention and graduation rates rise. Achievements continue with students reaching their career and life goals. That's why educators are committed to helping students develop these critical thinking skills and habits of mind.

Given the advantages, more educational resources are being dedicated to support teaching/learning centers and personalized advising programs.

Critical thinking predicts student success

Regardless of degree program, strong critical thinking predicts college success, professional licensure, job hire, and government service rank.

Strength in essential reasoning skills and learning orientation attributes is a solid foundation for student success initiatives. Incorporating thinking assessment provides value to individual students and the entire student body.

Our clients use individual student assessments to guide placement and learning support; they depend on the group metrics for the overall assessment of programs, curricula and to demonstrate the achievement of learning objectives.  

How critical thinking data is used to improve student success

Students benefit from well-designed program of thinking assessment data via:

  • Personal Development:   A measure of overall critical thinking skills, benchmarked against a national comparison group, helps students make a realistic assessment of their strengths and weaknesses in critical thinking. Individual skills assessment informs them about what types of thinking exercises will be most beneficial to them.Students (and often parents) find the analysis provided in the personal assessments valuable as they prepare for their future careers.
  • Student Placement:   Are students ready for their educational experience? Many researchers have studied effective teaching and learning as well as successful transition or reentry to educational programs. Their data demonstrates that learning experiences must be designed to challenge, but not discourage. A threshold can be set to highlight acceptable strength in critical thinking for your program. Individuals who fail to achieve the threshold will best benefit from first attending training programs aimed at growing critical thinking skills.
  • Advising & Retention:   Critical thinking is one of the central competencies that must be assessed to help advisors direct students in program and course selection. Combined with writing skills, reading skills and language comprehension, it provides relevant view of student strength and weakness. Many schools dedicate resources to create and maintain teaching and learning centers to help all students to succeed. Identifying students with critical thinking weaknesses permits clients to focus student success initiatives where they can do the most good.
Student success depends on critical thinking skills and mindset

Support student achievement: assess thinking skills

Educational institutions worldwide depend on our measurement tools to evaluate critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills.

Insight Assessment offers a robust set of critical thinking instruments designed for different populations of test-takers in educational levels including  2 year colleges, 4 year colleges and universities, and professional programs.   Whether the assessment is focused on  general education requirements or the evaluation of the learning outcomes for a particular program or major, the high quality research-based critical thinking measurement tools, scoring support services and comprehensive national comparison percentiles offered by Insight Assessment provide great value. 

The reliable and objective data delivered in the Insight Assessment report package includes individual test taker reports as well as comprehensive group analytics. Insight Assessment’s clients use our world-leading measurement instruments to evaluate critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills of students and program applicants.

Call us at 650-697-5628 to discuss how your student success program will benefit from including assessment of thinking skills.


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