Factor in Student Retention

Accelerate student success by adding an online assessment within MindTap to your College Success course. The College Success Factors Index (CSFI) enables you to analyze patterns, behaviors and attitudes of students in 10 areas proven to affect their outcomes. Ensure students are UNSTOPPABLE in higher education from start to end.

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

10 Factors to Set Up Student Success

Use classroom-tested CSFI features to navigate Social, Emotional and Cognitive factors—and be on your way to bolstering at-risk students whose skills need strengthening.


Empower students to take responsibility in college so they’ll succeed.


Show students how to compete internally with themselves—like high-performers do.

Task Planning

Instill a desire to complete a task in a planned step-by-step manner.


Demonstrate ways to set goals for assignments, areas of study and future careers.

Family Involvement

Help students leverage family encouragement for planning and decision making.

College Involvement

Encourage students to join college activities and develop strong peer relationships.

Time Management

Help students see how they can prioritize classwork and maximize their time.


Influence students to minimize or eliminate stress, anger, sleeplessness and more.


Instruct how to approach assignments by being exact, detailed and specific.


Develop students and their sense of self-encouragement and personal urgency.

Study Outcomes

Student Representation

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



Coefficient alpha and test-retest studies show coefficients of .91, which are an optimal level.



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

Inside CSFI

Determine Readiness

Target Fundamentals

Target Fundamentals

Used by schools for over 20 years, the CSFI within MindTap contains 100 self-scoring statements that determine students’ readiness to succeed early in higher education.

Predict Student Success

Predict Student Success

Student success factors that are often unmeasured have a place in CSFI. For example, how a student uses their time may be more critical than academic records.

Assess Scores

Assess Scores

Assess Scores

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

Measure What Matters

Measure What Matters

Instructors can easily generate reports showing not only overall class scores, but also individual students’ scores.

Intervene Earlier

Gain Early Alerts

Gain Early Alerts

The CSFI fosters interventions for low-scoring students. Identify areas of improvement on or before the first day of class.

Display Filtering

See Who Needs Help

Instructors view a snapshot of at-risk students by checking off the first option in the “Display Filtering” section before generating a report.

Instructor Support

Digital Course Support

Receive ongoing support including course set-up, usage statistics and check-ins.

Faculty Partner Network

Get perspectives from instructors who use CSFI in their classrooms.

LMS Integration

Check out additional resources to improve your use of CSFI within MindTap.

Meet the Minds Behind CSFI

Dr. Edmond Hallberg, Ed.D.

Edmond Hallberg has an extensive background in stress research, assessment and management. He attended Stanford University and is Professor Emeritus of Education and Higher Education Counseling Coordinator at California State University, Los Angeles. He’s experienced as a 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.