The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) is an international research program focused on understanding the influences of higher education in shaping socially responsible leadership capacity and other leadership related outcomes (e.g., efficacy, cognitive skills, resiliency).  Designed as a collaborative research program, participation in the MSL provides institutions with a platform from which to engage in evidence-based practice while contributing to the knowledgebase on college student leadership development as well.

To date MSL has:

  • Partnered with approximately 250 institutions in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Jamaica with over 300,000 student respondents.
  • Contributed more than 50 publications and 100 presentations enhancing the work of leadership educators.
  • Provided a critical data source for students traditionally under-represented in quantitative research, including students of color, LGBT students, and commuter students.