Noncognitive Factors

Understanding the Predictive Role of Noncognitive Factors

Student noncognitive factors, such as one’s sense of belonging, self-efficacy, perseverance, and academic motivation, have been shown in the research literature to be related to students’ academic success, such as retention and graduation. In order to better understand the ways that these factors influence UIC student success and to improve existing supports for students and develop additional needed supports, a non-cognitive survey was first piloted with incoming freshmen in fall 2013 and then fully administered in 2014. This practice has now become institutionalized; a modified version of the survey is administered annually to incoming freshmen at the time of placement testing to identify students who would benefit from additional support prior to the start of college.