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Curtin University

Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership

Curtin University is the first university in Australia to be part of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership.

About the Study

The Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) is an international research program focused on understanding the influence of higher education in shaping students’ socially responsible leadership capacities & other leadership related outcomes.

In 2015, over 870 Curtin University students participated in this leadership study for the first time. Close to 100 institutions across Central and North America were also involved in MSL 2015 and as a result, Curtin will be able to compare its student experience to that of universities such as UCLA and University of Maryland.

Students’ responses will also improve our knowledge of the Curtin student experience and help influence educational outcomes.

Study results

Initial insights from the study show Careers, Employment & Leadership students*:

  1. generally have higher scores across leadership development and the sub-studies of resiliency, leadership efficacy and hope;
  2. record improvements in aspects of leadership development including, collaboration, citizenship and managing controversy with civility;
  3. have higher levels of co-curricular engagement such as community service, involvement in Curtin organisations and employment.

*Careers, Employment & Leadership students are classified as Curtin University students who have completed at least one module (either online or face-to-face) of the Curtin Leaders Program.

Complete results will be made available in early 2016.