Higher Education Policy and Practice Blog

Controversial Speakers and the Challenges Faced by College Presidents

In 2017, conservative scholar Charles Murray was met with protests during his lecture in Middlebury College. However, much of the controversy did not stem from his political beliefs but from his 1994 book The Bell Curve in which he argued that racial group intelligence is variable. Later in the

Predicting Student Retention and GPA from Student Personality

Fall-to-Fall 2016-2017 Student success is critical to the mission of every higher educational institution. All other things being equal, students who are the most intellectually and psychologically prepared for higher education will be the most successful. While most universities assess the

Predictive Validity of the Applicant Success Assessment

The results are in! About one year ago we introduced the Applicant Success Assessment (ASA) as a psychometrically validated tool for colleges and universities to measure non-cognitive skills of their applicants. Based on decades of scientific evidence and our own validation data, we estimated

The Science of Applicant Success Assessment

All academic institutions are concerned about their students’ success. This includes success while they are in school (e.g., retention, GPA, graduation) and what they do after graduation (e.g., career success). The success of an academic institution’s students is a direct reflection of that

Succession Planning

Research over the last few years suggests that higher education now faces an unprecedented period of accelerating change. Challenges such as tight budgets and scarce resources, changing demographics of potential students, and calls for technology-driven innovation increase the pressure on the