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DesignForScale: College Self-Assessment Tool

Gretchen Schmidt

Access the DesignForScale: College Self-Assessment Tool

Jobs for the Future developed the DesignForScale: College Self-Assessment Tool to guide colleges through a deep and consequential effort to look at every institutional practice and policy—including those that are myths, long-standing practices, and de facto policies—and analyze the degree to which all of those support (or don’t support) student success. The Tool provides a structure and process for institutions to examine existing policies and practices, make necessary changes, and ensure student success reforms are concrete, long-term, and college-wide.

New users should register for the JFF online tool system at:  You choose your own password.  If you forget your password at any time, the login screen has a "forgot your password" link.

Once registered, you can access the DesignForScale: College Self-Assessment Tool by going to:

Once you have accessed the Tool, you will see tabs for "Overview", "Instructions", and "Assessment".

  • The Overview page provides more information on the tool and the DesignForScale process.
  • The Instructions tab walks you through how to approach completing the tool at your institution.
  • The Assessment tab has the actual online form, a series of multiple choice and open ended questions.

If you have any questions, or want to learn more about this process or tool, please contact Lara Couturier, Director at Jobs for the Future, at