Increase Transfer Student Success

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Transfer students are a significant part of student applicant pools. Successful transfer students provide important value for your institution. 

Optimize transfer student admissions

Without an objective measure of each applicant’s learning motivation and reasoning skill, comparing transfer or adult re-entry student applications can be an apples to oranges mess.  Too many years since their high school tests, too many widely varied life, military, and workplace experiences. Too many differences in prior courses taken at institutions of widely different quality.

There is need for an effective way to predict college success in traditional and non-traditional groups of applicants and enrollees – a level admission playing field — not only for first-time-in-college freshmen, but also for gap year applicants, transfers, returning adult learners, part-time students, single parents, veterans, home schooled students, and others. 

It is valuable to objectively quantify their mindset toward learning including their motivation to learn, drive to succeed, resilience and creativity.  It is valuable to diagnostic data about how well they can analyze problems, make well-founded interpretations, draw reasoned inferences in quantitative and non-quantitative contexts, explain, and evaluate points of view – in short, their core critical thinking skills. 

Optimize transfer student success

Critical thinking skills are predictive of student success.  Transfer students who possess strength in critical thinking are better equipped to make life transitions, and to benefit from and complete your educational programs. 

Proactively addressing areas of weakness in transfer student thinking skills increases transfer student success. Early intervention depends on identification of students in need of learning support.

Tools for student admissions and support

Insight Assessment offers a comprehensive array of critical thinking test instruments.  Scores on each instrument can be benchmarked against national norm comparison groups to assess the student’s potential to complete their selected program of study.

4 year colleges and universities:

At least 30% of all college students transfer to a different school at some point in their undergraduate experience. Colleges and universities benefit by identifying and accepting students who have the critical thinking skills required for degree completion. Admitting transfer students who have the strongest potential to learn improves retention and increases graduation rates.   College Student Success (CSS) is an objective, nationally normed test calibrated to target the specific reasoning skills and personal mindset known to be predictive of success as a college level transfer or re-entry student,

International and multicultural students:

Assessing critical thinking skills allows comparison of students from different educational systems to your current students. It also provides a key predictor of student success. Our test instruments are available in over 30 languages to minimize concerns about English as a second language performance.

Professional degree programs:  

Use the Health Sciences Reasoning Test, Business Critical Thinking Skills Test or the Legal Studies Reasoning Profile to pretest internal and transfer students to identify applicants who have the motivation and thinking skills to do advanced studies.  Post-testing programs document that students are graduating with the critical thinking skills required to succeed in their field.

Adult Learners/Returning Veterans:

Current data on entering students provides a better picture of their academic potential than do entrance tests that may have been taken in years past, or GPAs that may not be current or comparable because of varied timing, quality, subject matter, or type of higher education experience. 

When transfer student applicants don’t have recent coursework, an individual report of a potential student’s reasoning skills and attributes provides valuable data for your admissions and placement decisions.

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Insight Assessment

Insight Assessment has become an industry leader by providing superior quality, cost‐effective, technologically advanced, research‐based, valid and reliable assessments for human decision making and problem solving. We offer convenient and cost effective online assessment of your transfer applicants to boost both your admissions and academic support programs.  More about Insight Assessment

Contact us to get the data you need to ensure your incoming class includes transfer students ready to learn and succeed.

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