Success Indices

In addition to helping staff tailor their approach to a particular student, the four Success Indices also identify students who are likely to succeed even when traditional indicators suggest otherwise. Each SuccessNavigator® score combines various student-assessed characteristics into an indicator that correlates with a particular area of student success. While the same indicators are used across multiple Success Indices, the importance of each score is adjusted to maximize the value of each different Index.

The four Success Indices are:

Academic Success Index

The Academic Success Index refers to a student's predicted GPA in the first year of college. Although a wide range of factors contribute to the Academic Success Index, it is primarily based upon measured academic ability (standardized test scores, high-school GPA) and then classroom-related behaviors. This index is reported to advisors and institutions in low, moderate and high score levels. Additionally, cohort data are provided to institutions to show academic success likelihood across several GPA ranges.

Retention Success Index

The Retention Success Index relates to a student's predicted probability of returning to the institution in the following year. It is comprised of many assessed cognitive and psychosocial factors, but is principally related to the Commitment and Social Support General Skills. This index is reported to advisors and institutions in low, moderate, and high score categories. Additionally, cohort data are provided to institutions to show the likelihood of success across several retention ranges.

Course Acceleration Indices

Course Acceleration Indices are reported to academic advisors for both Math and English courses and have two score levels: "recommended for acceleration" or "accelerate with caution." This indicator is designed to be used in combination with traditional placement or admission tests to increase the accuracy of course placement decisions. If a student falls within an institutionally determined range of college-level course placement consideration and the Course Placement Index is Recommended, the student is recommended for acceleration into the higher level course, even though placement or admissions test scores might fall below the specifically established criterion. This is because the SuccessNavigator profile suggests that the student possesses the right combination of academic skills, commitment, self-management and social support to make up for assessed deficits in academic preparation.


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