First Scholars Diagnostics are a collection of proprietary tools used to gauge readiness to participate in First Scholars and for taking a deeper dive into how your institution is serving first-generation students programmatically. These tools help determine in what ways your institution is systematically prepared to advance efforts.
The Institutional Readiness Assessment serves as a data collection mechanism that determines your institution’s readiness for engagement in First Scholars. This assessment also informs our approach to tailoring your institution’s Expert Guidance and plays a role in informing what actionable outcomes an institution should focus time and resources on.
The Insights Tool provides a deep dive into how an institution programmatically serves first-generation students and how systemically prepared the institution is to advance efforts to further support first-generation students. Consisting of a variety of institutional affiliated modules, the Insights Tool supports full engagement of the institutional community. Upon completion of the Insights Tool, the institution receives a robust report with recommendations and a site visit by the institution's Expert Guidance team to further discuss implementation and priority alignment.
Alongside the Institutional Readiness Assessment and Insights Tool, First Scholars partners with the National Student Clearinghouse to participate in the Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP). This partnership provides strategic data solutions to support and inform learning across and within institutions; identify patterns in academic outcomes, retention, and completion; and elevate analysis and reporting that matters most to First Scholars institutions.