Zimmerman-Oster, Kathleen, and Andrew Grant
The purpose of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) is to examine influences of higher education on college student leadership development with the goal of advancing institutional efforts to intentionally develop the leadership capacity of students.
The theoretical underpinning of the survey used the "Social Change Model" (Astin, 1996) as a way to capture components of leadership development in terms of the following variables: Consciousness of Self, Congruence, Commitment, Collaboration, Common Purpose, Controversy with Civility, and Citizenship.
In Winter 2009, UDM was one of 101 Universities across the country to participate in the MSL. Approximately 573 students completed the on-line survey; yielding a 25% response rate.
The UDM results are reviewed with several comparison groups: the national MSL sample, Carnegie Peer samples (Masters, Religious, Urban), and a Consortium Peer sample (Catholic).
Results are also reviewed in terms of Senior students' perceptions of their change in leadership capacity over their years of experience at UDM; as well as comparison of demographic categories to gauge differential leadership outcome achievement, and identification of collegiate experiences related to changes in scores across outcome measures.
Overall, the results provide strong evidence of the development of leadership capacity of UDM students.