With its holistic survey of student strengths and weaknesses, CSFI provides a foundation for academic success starting in the earliest days of college.

Improve Retention with the CSFI 2.0

The College Success Factors Index (CSFI) 2.0 is an online survey that assesses students’ patterns of behavior and attitudes in areas that have been proven to affect outcomes for success in college.

About the 10 Factors

The Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Factors of CSFI 2.0

This classroom-tested resource:

  • Addresses holistic development through 10 social, emotional, and cognitive factors
  • Offers remediation for students whose skills need strengthening
  • Identifies “at risk” students with early-alert reporting

Select a factor to learn about the features and functionality.

  • Responsibility/Control
  • Competition
  • Task Planning
  • Expectations
  • Family Involvement
  • College Involvement
  • Time Management
  • Wellness
  • Precision
  • Persistence

Take a Look

Determine Readiness

Target the Fundamentals

In use by colleges and universities for over twenty years, the College Success Factors Index (CSFI) contains 100 self-scoring statements designed to determine college students’ readiness to successfully complete their early years in higher education.

Uncover Affective Factors That Predict Student Success

Many factors indicate potential success in higher education – notably high school grades and SAT/ACT scores. However, other factors, which often go unmeasured, have a place in retention and success. For example, how a student uses his time may be more critical than academic records. CSFI 2.0’s approach uncovers these often “hidden” factors.

Assess Scores

Measure What Matters Most

With its comprehensive criteria, the College Success Factors Index delivers practical, predictive value for anyone working with college-bound and first-year students.

Instructors can easily generate reports showing not only overall class scores, but also individual students’ scores, and can customize these reports to show information only from a set timeframe or to compare results from more than one semester.

Intervene Earlier

Gain an Early Alert

The College Success Factors Index also serves to foster advising or interventions for low-scoring students. Early Alert functionality lets students and staff identify areas of improvement on or before the first day of school. For example, a student with an overall score high enough for university work may show weakness in time management. With this information in hand, student and teacher can investigate time management improvement options.

Instructors can quickly gain a snapshot of at-risk students by checking off the first option in the “Display Filtering” section before generating a report. The report will then show only results for students who have fallen below the watchline on 4 or more of the CSFI factors.



CSFI: The Norms

The norm group now has 125,000 students representing research universities, state universities, community colleges and private colleges.



Coefficient alpha and test-retest studies indicate coefficients of .91 which are at a very acceptable level.



Concurrent validity studies with a variety of students indicate coefficients of from -.30 to -.50, which are very desirable results for self-reporting instruments.

Instructor Support

  • Digital Course Support

    A dedicated team of experts provides proactive, ongoing support that includes course set-up, usage statistics, and regular check-ins.

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  • Peer-to-Peer Faculty Partner Network

    Instructors who use CSFI 2.0 in their classrooms offer ideal perspectives.

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  • LMS Integration

    Additional resources support your use of CSFI 2.0 within your Learning

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The Architects of CSFI

Dr. Edmond Hallberg, Ed.D.

Edmond Hallberg has an extensive background in stress research, assessment, and management. He received his degree from Stanford University and is professor emeritus of Education and Higher Education Counseling Coordinator at California State University, Los Angeles. His experience includes being college counselor, Coordinator of Academic Advising, Director of Admissions, and Dean of Students. Dr. Hallberg is the co-author of Making the Dean's List, School Success Factors Index and Smartgrades.net.

Kaylene Hallberg, M.S.

Kaylene Hallberg is the former Dean of Student Development for the 110 California Community Colleges. She has also been Dean of Counseling at Cypress College and is currently Dean of Counseling at Sierra College. Hallberg is the co-author of the College Success Factors Index, School Success Factors Index, Making the Dean's List, and Smartgrades.net.