Why do some of your 'best' students struggle?
We're curious too.
A multi-institution collaboration supported by NSF

Our team is conducting the first national, comprehensive study of the role of non-cognitive and affective (NCA) factors—including personality, grit, identity, and many others—in student performance in undergraduate computing and engineering curricula. Understanding the role of NCA factors allows us to develop appropriate on-campus resources for students in need of academic or personal support. This project investigates how NCA factors inform the kinds of support resources with the highest potential to help students in need, thus enabling their continued academic and personal success.

We support students.

All collaborators have a passion for supporting computing and engineering students as they work toward their degree. This means holistic growth of every individual.

We think holistically.

Our goal is to engage students in both their academic and personal growth and success, with a specific focus on the non-cognitive attributes that have been historically under-explored.

Research is the key.

The truly understand how to support students in their pursuit of growth and success, we need to understand the underlying relationships between non-cognitive attributes and success. This is the fundamental research contribution of the project.
Meet our team
The lead investigators in our collaboration.

Dr. Edward Berger

Associate Professor, Engineering Education and Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Ann Gates

Chair, Computer Science, University of Texas at El Paso

Dr. Jim Widmann

Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly

Dr. Lisa Kaczmarczyk

Project Evaluator

What can partners expect?

What we ask of partners: You deliver a comprehensive NCA survey to your students. // What we offer in return: We provide an NCA report about students at your institution, with comparisons to similar institutions as well as the national dataset.
Join us!