The MSL provides a wealth of information for student leadership development in higher education. Whether it be for campuses who have participated in the MSL or for practitioners and scholars, the body of knowledge related to findings from the MSL continues to grow.
Through this site, schools that have participated in the MSL can find resources to help them further their understanding and use of MSL data at their respective institutions.
Requesting MSL Data
Requesting MSL Data
The MSL team will use the national dataset to address pre-determined research questions. Thus, data collected from a particular year (e.g., 2015) will not be available to other researchers for at least three years. Therefore, the 2012 data set is the only one currently available for external use.
The MSL is committed to advancing evidence-based practice and empirical research in higher education particularly in the area of leadership education. To this end, we are happy to engage in data sharing to advance this important work. Any school is more than welcome to share their data with others and/ or publish results from their institutional data. The MSL embargos the national data set for at least three years prior to making it available to others for use. This means that the 2012 data are currently available for use. Furthermore, MSL is an aggregate data set and due to contractual and IRB compliance issues data cannot be shared for individual institutions or any partitions of data that could reveal institutional affiliation.
MSL currently has one master data set, which has data associated with the core outcome measures (i.e., social change model values, leadership efficacy, complex cognitive skills).
2012 data: Approximately 77,150 students on 82 campuses
Some unique variables in this data set include:
The project also includes the MSL-Institutional Survey examining various campus variables that may influence leadership outcomes (e.g., budget, curriculum, specific programs). The Co-Principal investigator for this data is Dr. Julie Owen of George Mason University. If you are interested in using MSL- IS data then please contact Dr. Owen directly (email@example.com)
Priority access of MSL data is first given to members of the research team hosted at Loyola University Chicago.
Proposals with research questions and variable selections that do not overlap with MSL research team projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Variables being used in research team articles may still be considered for use in theses or dissertations, but there may be restrictions on the publication of findings with priority given to MSL team articles. Those interested in using MSL data are encouraged to visit the publications webpage on the MSL website, which provides information about existing publications. You will want to ensure that your proposed study does not overlap with the questions that have already been asked. The publications section can be accessed here.
All requests for use of MSL data should be directed to MSL Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals should obtain a copy of the MSL Codebook* prior to their proposal to aid in this process. The proposal must contain:
All proposal should be submitted electronically and adhere to the above parameters. The Project Manager will make every attempt to respond in a timely manner to requests. However, it is recommended that proposals be submitted well before data are needed as requests can take up to two months to process.
* NOTE: the MSL instrument may not be copied, reproduced, or used for data collection without the express written permission of the Principal Investigator. Additionally, the full data set may not be requested for exploratory research. Proposers are expected to provide clear research questions and the specific variables to be used in analyses.
The researcher(s) of an approved proposal must further agree to the following items. A document with this information will be signed by the researcher(s) prior to release of the data.
Upon approval and acceptance of the terms of the agreement form, the data will be made available via a secure website.
We will make every attempt to respond to proposals in a timely manner. The MSL Team reserves the right to deny any requests that overlap with the existing research agenda.
A data access fee of $500 will be assessed for any approved studies. This fee covers the labor associated with data preparation. Contact us for further instructions on how to handle this fee.
Contact the MSL Research Team
NOTE: a downloadable PDF of this information is available here.
Using Your Data
Using Your Data
Many institutions are well-intentioned when conducting research and assessment to gain insight into how the campus environment and programs affect student learning. Unfortunately, interpreting and using data collected effectively can get lost in busy day-to-day schedules. To help you visualize how you may use your data and inspire you to make data-driven change on your campus, we provide examples of how other institutions are using the MSL to better their campus communities.
You will be free to use the information contained in your custom report in papers and publications. This right extends to the national data tables provided to contextualize your results. When referencing this data, please acknowledge that it was collected during MSL 2012.
Downloads & Forms
Downloads & Forms