Collaborative Assessment Project (CAP)


The Collaborative Assessment Project (CAP) orients CCCU members around a common set of campus assessments that help us provide empirical evidence that Christian higher education is indeed a significant and valuable enterprise. CAP’s common assessments provide sector norms for institutional benchmarking, while its cyclical nature empowers participating schools to examine their institutional effectiveness over time through longitudinal data analysis.

Involvement in CAP is a valuable opportunities for your institution to collect data from your students that can be helpful in improving student success, preparing for accreditation, and data-driven strategic planning.

CAP has a registration Fee of $300. Review program details and benefits below.


Registration Form



Cost: $300

Registration Deadline: October 5, 2018

Please note that you will still need to register with NSSE which has a registration deadline of October 5, 2018.  Click here to learn more about the NSSE.

Programs Details and Benefits

The Collaborative Assessment Project (CAP) has been an ongoing project of the CCCU since 2000. This newly designed version of the project was developed as a result of consultation and needs assessment with our members and key peer group personnel.

The annual institutional membership fee for CAP is $300
Note: This does not include registration fees for the NSSE survey featured this year, which vary by institutional size and are paid directly to NSSE.

To register your institution to participate in the Collaborative Assessment Project for 2018-19, please go to the CAP Registration Form.

Please direct any questions you may have to Nita Stemmler at

• A regular assessment cycle CCCU members can count on
• Benchmarking to national norms and other private institutions, as well as CCCU members and affiliates
• Disaggregated comparative data by race/ethnicity, gender, SES, generation status
• Newsletters, web updates, and email blasts about how to use your results

Additional services available upon request:
• Phone consultation about your results
• Predictive analytics by target groups (additional fee)
• Retention audits at a reduced price
• On-campus consultations at a reduced price

Focus for 2018-2019

Thriving Quotient

The Thriving Quotient is administered by your institution between October 16 – November 9 through a custom weblink to all undergraduate and graduate students.

The Thriving Quotient assesses your students’ intellectual, interpersonal, and psychological engagement in the college experience.

We are particularly excited to add spiritual formation items to the survey this year.
These questions are based on the outcomes of a Spiritual Formation summit that the CCCU held in the summer of 2013. At that summit, 11 teams worked on common language and goals for spiritual formation across the CCCU. This fall is the first opportunity we have had as a council to assess the impact of our schools on students’ spiritual lives based on these common goals.

“It is more complex than ever to understand and to meet the needs of today’s students. The Thriving Quotient survey provided us with the needed foundational information to meet the needs of our students to help them be what God has called them to be. Equipped with these data, we constructed our persistence and completion program and have seen excellent early returns on our investment.” – Scott Moats, Provost – Crown College, MN

 Benefits include:
• Administrative assistance
• Adding up to five unique campus-based additional questions to the Thriving Quotient.
• Access to CCCU and national norms.
• Timely survey results and data as an Excel or SPSS file.

Click here to view the survey.


Several years ago, at a CCCU Research Council Meeting, I was introduced to the Thriving Quotient Project. After further investigation, I began to contemplate the use of the idea and concept on our campus. The idea of measuring the “academic, social, and psychological aspects” of our students that would predict their academic success and satisfaction with college was intriguing. Soon after that, we made the decision to administer the instrument and commit ourselves to implementing the results.

Since the administration of the Thriving survey, we have seen some remarkable results. With the Thriving Quotient information, we built an institutional persistence and completion plan that was implemented campus-wide. Our faculty, staff, and administration bought into the idea and today the plan is known as the C.A.R.E. Initiative (Challenge, Advise, Remediate, Encourage). Our institution has committed to the idea of caring for our students in new and healthy ways. This past year, we have seen our highest persistent measures in overall retention and fall-to-fall, first-year student retention.

The Thriving Quotient Project has been a driving force in the last three years to challenge our campus to be the best it can be. We have taken our eyes off of the preparedness (or lack of) of our students and placed it on our preparedness as an institution. We have become a better institution where our students can thrive and be what God has called them to be.

I want to challenge each of you and ask this question. Are you willing to take a close look at yourself to see if your institution is a place where student can thrive and to become what God wants them to be? If you are ready to take this step, I would wholeheartedly recommend the Thriving Quotient to you.

Dr. Scott Moats
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Crown College, MN

NSSE will be administered in the Spring of 2019, however, registration with NSSE must be completed by September 21, 2018.

NSSE administered by the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University to a random sample of your first-year students and seniors – assesses behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college to learn the areas where your institution is performing well and aspects of the undergraduate experience that could be improved.


Upcoming Webinars will be announced soon.