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Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment:Transition to College Inventory

After more than 10 years of development and testing with thousands of students, the developers of the Transition to College Inventory (TCI) invite other institutions to use the TCI to identify and treat first year students at risk for academic difficulty and subsequent attrition.

The Transition to College Inventory (TCI) is a noncognitive measure designed to enhance the predictions of academic performance based only on cognitive (high school GPA, SAT / ACT scores) and demographic (gender, race, first generation) factors. The TCI is a self-report of attitudes, personality characteristics, and behaviors while in high school, along with predictions about performance and involvement in college. Incoming first year students complete the TCI as part of the new student orientation process.


  • produces data for a highly descriptive first year class profile that adds considerable information to an institution's understanding of its entering class.
  • yields the TCI Index used for early identification of first year students predicted to be at-risk for academic difficulty at the end of their first semester .generates an individualized TCI Advising Profile that provides both the TCI Index and the responses to all of the items that contribute to the TCI Index for each student. Academic advisors and/or counselors can then review the Profile with the student early in the first semester and make plans to remediate specific potential barriers to college success.

Institutions can use the TCI to enhance student success initiatives by identifying areas of support students need early in their academic career.

If you would like further information, please contact Dr. Tisha Paredes at TParedes@odu.edu.

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