Everyone seems to be interested in the concept of noncognitive factors and their potential to affect student success, particularly with traditionally underserved populations. But there are many questions around application, implementation and use. This session will address two different approaches – both large- and small-scale – for assessing and addressing noncognitive factors. Two case studies using these approaches will be discussed:

  • Success from the Student Perspective: The “Bottom-Up” Approach
    The first case study, PROJECT SUCCESS at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, focuses on student success for men of color. As a commonly identified traditionally underserved population, this example will demonstrate how institutions can target and understand the strengths, challenges and strategies related to success from the student perspective: the “bottom-up” approach.

  • Holistic Assessment and Advising to Improve Student Success: The “Top-Down” Approach
    The second case study is an institutional initiative put forth at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, an HBCU that integrated noncognitive assessment into its campus advising processes. This “top-down” approach will demonstrate how holistic assessment and advising can inform institutional strategies to improve student success metrics such as retention and graduation rates.

    The goal of this webinar is to demonstrate both student-level and institution-level actions to improve graduation and retention rates, based on a holistic understanding of the key factors that relate to student success.

Byron Howlett, Ed.D.
AVP and Dean of Students-Student Affairs,
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Melinda L. Lee, Ph.D.
Academic Coach and Lecturer,
Center for Academic Excellence,
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


Ross Markle, Ph.D.
Senior Research and Assessment Director,
ETS

In this informative webinar, participants will:

In this informative webinar, participants will:

In this informative webinar, participants will:

  • Discover large- and small-scale methods for assessing and addressing noncognitive factors, and understand their potential to affect student success.

  • Learn about a “bottom up” approach — how institutions can target and understand the strengths, challenges and strategies from the student perspective.

  • Gain knowledge of a “top down” approach — how holistic assessment and advising can improve student retention and success.