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It is that time of year again—time to update everyone with the current MSL data collection plans!

It is amazing that it has been almost 2 years since we were deep into preparation for the MSL2018. With nearly 80 schools participating in 2018, we ventured into a period of Off-Year data collections, with some schools participating in the MSL during the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters!

Over the past couple of years, the MSL has had some significant International growth, with a steadily increasing presence in Canada (with the addition of a Canadian College version of the instrument to the existing Canadian University version); new schools added in Mexico; the addition of a Chilean Spanish version of the instrument; and ongoing Australian participation as well. Recent flexibility in how the MSL is implemented, with annual availability of data collection, has contributed to this growth.

Meanwhile, MSL PI John Dugan has been busy working at the Aspen Institute where he has been finding new ways to implement MSL outcomes in various other related populations and ages. Several developmental MSL projects are in the works including individual MSL assessments, MSL team (small group) administration, and MSL360. Stay tuned in the coming years for announcements about these future efforts.

As we have considered our plans for the MSL going forward, the following key themes have evolved:

  1. Most schools expect and want to participate in the MSL on a three-year cycle. Given the historical context of the study, the three-year cycle that most schools are on is 2018-2021-2024, etc.

  2. Some schools are using the MSL continually in annual data collections as they monitor programs and initiatives that are core to their institutional values. The MSL is very much needed annually.

  3. Flexibility around time of year of data collection has lead to growth in the southern hemisphere, where a data collection during September-December months make more sense.

  4. There are increasing calls for more customized MSL-related solutions from schools. Some very cool efforts are underway—we look forward to being able to share more about those with everyone!

Considering these needs, we have decided to establish the following core MSL services:

MSL Benchmark Standard Data Collection - This is the standard three-year cycle effort as most of you know. The next MSL Benchmark Standard effort will take place in Spring 2021 (with enrollment starting in January 2020), then will follow every three years after that.

MSL Off-Year Custom Data Collection - Keeping the MSL available in non-standard times, including different times of year, is a priority. To reflect the custom effort involved given the lower number of schools, and the non-standardized data collection schedule, MSL Off-Year efforts will offer additional customizations standard, and will be priced as a custom solution.

If you are interested in participating in the MSL in the Spring 2020 (Off-Year) or Spring 2021 (Benchmark) data collection, you may enroll your school now! For a limited time, you may enroll in the MSL 2021 for the same price as the MSL 2018. The MSL2021 data collection price may go up after January 2020.

If you would like to participate in both the Spring 2020 term, and the next MSL Benchmark Standard year (2021), we are offing a discount for enrollment in both simultaneously. Please contact us at to get further details.

We look forward to a successful 2019-2020 school year for all of you and look to see you in an upcoming MSL administration!