The importance of higher education has never been clearer. Educational attainment—the number of years a person spends in school—strongly predicts adult earnings, as well as health and civic engagement. Yet relative to other developed nations, educational attainment in the United States is lagging, with young Americans who heretofore led the world in completing postsecondary degrees now falling behind their global peers. As part of a broader national college completion agenda aimed at increasing college graduation rates, higher education researchers and policy makers are exploring the role of intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies in supporting student success.
Supporting Students' College Success: The Role of Assessment of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies identifies 8 intrapersonal competencies (competencies involving self-management and positive self-evaluation) that can be developed through interventions and appear to be related to persistence and success in undergraduate education. The report calls for further research on the importance of these competencies for college success, reviews current assessments of them and establishes priorities for the use of current assessments, and outlines promising new approaches for improved assessments.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Supporting Students' College Success: The Role of Assessment of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Competencies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/24697.
|2 Competencies for College Success
|3 Assessment Methods for College Competencies
|4 Assessment Uses and Stakeholders within Higher Education
|5 Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies as College Outcomes
|6 Next Steps
|Appendix A: Literature Searches Commissioned by the Committee
|Appendix B: Assessments Used in the Intervention Literature
|Appendix C: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members
|Appendix D: Workshop Agenda
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This video, based on the report, introduces three competencies students should have that help reduce drop-out rates and support students’ persistence and success at college.
The webinar will highlight key findings from a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Supporting Students’ College Success: The Role of Assessment of Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies. The number of years a person spends in schooling strongly predicts his or her adult earnings, as well as health and civic engagement, but many U.S. students drop out of college. The report identifies competencies (also known as 21st century skills) that may boost college completion and examines how to assess these competencies.
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