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The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership enters a new phase of its history today with the announcement that it is returning to an annual data collection schedule - with enrollment open for the Spring 2019 (January - April, 2019) study! 

In 2012, with mounds of quality data on leadership development in hand and little time to analyze and write articles from it, the research team decided to reduce the pace of the study to a 3-year cycle.  This would allow for one year of data collection; one year of analysis and writing; and one year of revising/updating the research.  This practice has served the study well with data collections in 2012, 2015, and most recently in 2018 -- it made the study what it is today, a high quality research program with a strong conceptual model and based on a theoretical framework that gives University administrators and Institutional Researchers the power they need.

The past year has been a busy one for the MSL.  The MSL Study Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. John P. Dugan moved to The Aspen Institute as their Director of Program Quality, Design, & Assessment; about 80 schools participated in the MSL2018; a new book was released on the topic of leadership theory (written by Dr. Dugan); there was renewed focus on the use of the MSL in evaluating campus climate; and the study received consistent and strong interest from many past participating schools to participate in the MSL in "off cycle" years.

The result of these successes and requests is that the MSL is returning to an annual cycle effective immediately!

Schools may enroll today for the MSL2019 Spring data collection!

Schools who have participated previously in the MSL are being offered a limited time discount if they enroll and pay before July 1, 2018.  Schools interested in obtaining this discount are asked to contact the study team at

Please stay tuned to the website in the coming days and weeks to learn more about this exciting new development!