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Online Readiness

The SUNY Online Student Success Inventory, or “SOSSI,” is an online survey used to identify student areas of strengths and concerns relative to online learning. The SOSSI provides a combination of scores and flagged question responses to offer insight into student “readiness”, which allows advisors/mentors to help students prepare themselves before entering a high-stakes situation. The SOSSI is a way for advisors to take stock of student strengths and to analyze how possible gaps and barriers to academic success might be addressed.

The workflow for the SOSSI begins with an advisor providing a survey link to a student. We recommend this link be provided early in the engagement with a student so the results can inform conversations and plans for student success. 

The SOSSI measures several domains:

Self-Efficacy in Online Environments – personal judgments of one’s ability to organize and execute courses of action to achieve goals.

Self-Regulated Learning – self-directed process by which learners transform their mental abilities into academic skills.

Reading and Writing – two main methods of communication that are strong predictors of achievement in online courses.

Learning Environment – time restraints resulting from academic and non-academic responsibilities.

Learning Goals – degree/certificate being pursued and reasons for enrolling in online courses.

Tech Access/Literacy – availability of internet and computers, knowledge of software and ability to learn new platforms.


The SOSSI is free for all campuses to use. If you are interested in using SOSSI with your students or with a cohort of students please contact: