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For incoming first-year students at four-year and two-year campuses

Use this early-alert survey to identify at-risk students, focus advisors on key concerns, and link students to resources

The College Student Inventory identifies at-risk students in the incoming class using the leading noncognitive indicators of college student success. You and your colleagues receive detailed information about each student’s academic motivations, areas of risk, and receptivity to specific student services. This survey can be administered before classes get under way or soon after classes begin, providing you with data to make interventions more meaningful and relevant, before a student begins disengaging. Learn how to use the CSI to:

  • Identify which students are at risk and receptive to assistance.
  • Intervene with students earlier, when the chance for success is greater.
  • Make retention strategies more effective and efficient by basing them on reliable student data.

Used by more than 1,400 institutions and completed by more than 2.6 million students nationwide, the College Student Inventory is the leading tool for early identification and early intervention with your newest students.
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2019 National Freshman Motivation to Complete College Report

2019 National Freshman Motivation to Complete College ReportHow do first-year students feel about college as they begin their academic careers? Learn the motivations, attitudes, and challenges for today’s incoming college students, based on data from 95,000 college freshmen.

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Wichita State University (Kansas)

“Before we were using the College Student Inventory, there was a lot of speculation about what individual students needed. Now we have a clear understanding and a roadmap to maximize student success. ”

Martha Shawver, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research, Wichita State University (Kansas)

Technology to support and manage your student success efforts

Retention Data Center

The Second-Year Student Assessment gives you access to the online Retention Data Center, a fully customized portal where you can manage and filter your data, run reports, and share information with key retention colleagues. Learn more.

Nuro Retention

The Nuro Retention system is able to consume, combine, and normalize multiple, disparate data sets, including the CSIMYSASYSASRP. Nuro Retention provides an entire case management system that alerts advising and success stakeholders to student issues, and provides tools for all interveners to communicate, collaborate, set milestones and alert sensitivity, and memorialize all activity for future reporting. Visit Nuro Retention to learn more.

Mobile device administration

Students can take the Second-Year Student Assessment on mobile phones and tablets.

Plus you can administer all assessments through an online dashboard.

Have a question about the College Student Inventory,
or about student retention strategies?

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Contact us or call 1-800-876-1117 and ask to speak to our student retention strategists.

Available in multiple formats: paper or online, English or Spanish

Choose from three forms of the College Student Inventory. Note that even if you choose paper administration of the CSI, you will receive your reports online.

  • Form A (paper or online, 194 items)
    Offers the most comprehensive analysis with 19 motivational assessment scales.
  • Form B (paper or online, 100 items)
    The most widely used version of the CSI, Form B analyzes student attitudes across 17 different scales.
  • Form C (online only, 74 items)
    Designed specifically for students who seek to balance work, family, and academics, such as adult learners.
  • Canadian version (online only, 100 items)
    This version of Form B reflects Canadian terminology and spelling.
  • Spanish versions: Forms A, B, and C are available in online Spanish versions.

See Samples of the College Student Inventory

Implementation support

For information on administering the College Student Inventory, see our implementation guidelines and frequently-asked questions.

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