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Non-cognitive Assessment in Higher Education. Self-Concept Realistic Self-Appraisal Handling System/Racism Long-Range Goals Leadership Strong Support Person Community Nontraditional Learning. Sedlacek : Non-Cognitive Variables.

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Non cognitive assessment in higher education

Non-cognitive Assessment in Higher Education

Sedlacek non cognitive variables

  • Self-Concept

  • Realistic Self-Appraisal

  • Handling System/Racism

  • Long-Range Goals

  • Leadership

  • Strong Support Person

  • Community

  • Nontraditional Learning

Sedlacek: Non-Cognitive Variables

Non cognitive assessment in higher education

  • Positive Self-Concept: Demonstrates confidence, strength of character, determination, and independence.

  • Realistic Self-Appraisal: Recognizes and accepts any strengths and deficiencies, especially academic, and works hard at self-development. Recognizes need to broaden his/her individuality.

  • Understands and Knows How to Navigate the System: Exhibits a realistic view of the system based upon personal experience. Committed to improving the existing system. Takes an assertive approach to dealing with existing wrongs, but is not hostile to society, nor is a "cop-out."

  • Prefers Long-Range to Short-Term or Immediate Needs: Able to respond to deferred gratification, plans ahead and sets goals.

Non cognitive assessment in higher education

  • Availability of Strong Support Person: Seeks and takes advantage of a strong support network or has someone to turn to in a crisis or for encouragement.

  • Successful Leadership Experience: Demonstrates strong leadership in any area of his/her background (e.g. church, sports, non-educational groups, gang leader, etc.).

  • Community Service: Participates and is involved in his/her community.

  • Knowledge Acquired in or about a Field: Acquires knowledge in a sustained and/or culturally-related ways in any field. 


  • Three multiple choice questions

    • Race

    • Expected College Education

    • Most likely cause of leaving before receiving a degree

  • Three open-ended questions

    • List three goals

    • List three things you’re proud of

    • List offices held and/or groups belonged to in high school or your community



  • 18 statements to be ranked

    • Strongly agree

    • Agree

    • Neutral

    • Disagree

    • Strongly Disagree


Scoring questionnaires

  • Scoring key provided for multiple choice questions and ranked statements

  • Scheme provided for scoring open-ended questions

  • Directions on how to establish interrater reliability

  • Scoring norms provided

Scoring Questionnaires

Gates millennium scholars noncognitive outcomes

  • Over 15,000 Scholars funded

  • Freshman retention 97%; sophomore 95%

  • 5 year program retention rate 92%

  • 5 year graduation rate 79% (53% all 4yr schools)

  • 6 year graduation rate 90% (57% all 4yr schools)

  • Scholar higher education GPA mean = 3.25

Gates Millennium Scholars Noncognitive Outcomes

Unlv results

UNLV Results

Depaul university

  • Leadershipscores are a significant predictor for first-year GPA, first-year credits earned, first-year success, first- to second-year retention, second- to third-year retention and second-year academic success*.

  • Total scores are predictive of first-year GPA, first-year retention, second-year retention and second-year academic success

  • Knowledge Acquired in a Fieldcontributes to the prediction of first-year success and second-year success.

DePaul University

Non cognitive assessment in higher education

Washington State AchieversUniversity of Northern Colorado

Washington DC AchieversTexas A & M University

Capital Partners for EducationLouisiana State University

Washington State University PullmanBoston College

Washington State University VancouverLeHighUniversity

Univ. British Columbia Business SchoolUniversity of Michigan

Bowling Green State UniversityPrairie View A & M University

Montgomery CollegeUniversity of Arizona

Engineering Vanguard Program (NACME)US Coast Guard Academy

University of Central MissouriNagoya University

DePaul University, IllinoisSamuel Merritt University

Eastern Washington UniversityDouglas Cty Performance LrngCtr

Colorado State University-pendingIndiana State University

Linn-Benton Community College, OregonUniversity of Washington Tacoma

Central Oregon Community CollegeUniversity of British Columbia

Linfield College, OregonManchester College, Indiana Oregon Coast Community CollegeNorthwestern College, Iowa

University of Nevada Las VegasGeorge Fox University, OregonOregonState University

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