The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership Development (MSL) survey questionnaire is composed of both existing and newly created scales designed to measure elements of the conceptual framework.  The core measure of socially responsible leadership was derived from the Socially Responsible Leadership Scale (Tyree, 1998), which measures the eight core values of the social change model (HERI, 1996).  The instrument design attempts to model the social justice basis of socially responsible leadership through the inclusion of a wide range of independent variables.

The instrument also collects:

Demographic Variables Race/ethnicity, gender, age
Inputs – variables designed to capture student characteristics prior to college Leadership training prior to college, pretest measures, involvement prior to college
Environments – variables related to student experiences during college Mentoring relationships, involvement patterns, academic experiences
Intermediate Outcomes – variables that contribute to socially responsible leadership capacity, supplement the SCM core values, and serve as college outcomes in their own right Leadership efficacy, social perspective-taking, resiliency, complex cognitive skills


Each iteration of the MSL includes sub-studies. These modules explore educational outcomes or environmental variables not included in the main instrument. MSL uses sub-studies to explore additional areas of interest without dramatically increasing the length of the survey.

A portion of your sample will be randomly selected to participate in the sub-studies. These data are included in the overall dataset provided to campuses. However, they may not be analyzed in your institution’s final report.

Past Sub-Studies 2012 Sub-Studies
Student activism, reasons for involvement in governance groups, leadership identity development, outcomes of mentoring relationships Career aspirations, collective racial esteem, spiritual development