About the GPI

The Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) is a web-based assessment of individual experiences and three dimensions global learning (i.e., cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal). The GPI is reliable and valid instrument that is beneficial for those involved with program assessment and institutional improvement initiatives. The GPI is protected by U.S. and International Copyright laws; reproduction and distribution is prohibited without permission.

Assessing Global Learning and Development

Nearly 200 colleges, universities, and educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad have used the GPI to assess global learning and education abroad experiences. Although the three forms of the GPI are predominantly used to assess college students' educational experiences, the core 35 questions can be used in any context.

We provide data collection, reporting, and national norms to help meet your assessment, benchmarking, and accreditation needs. Data collected from the GPI can help you understand how individual experiences influence global learning and the development. Results can be used to guide conversations related to student learning, program improvement, and institutional effectiveness.

Data Security

Data security is a requirement of the Iowa State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval process. The Qualtrics web-based survey data collection system uses Transport Layer Security encryption. Qualtrics is a secure site, and its data centers are independently audited using SSAE-16 method. Once data are collected, they are stored locally on password-protected computers. These computers require university credentials to log on and are protected with 265-bit Advanced Encryption Standard. Data are transferred to institutional participants using the Box.com web-based platform, which meets our IRB requirements as well as federal guidelines (e.g., FERPA). If your college or university does not have an institutional agreement with box.com, you can create a free personal account to access your data.

History of the GPI

The GPI was originally housed at The Global Perspective Institute Inc., which was established in 2008 to study and promote global holistic human development, especially among college students. The GPI was hosted by Central College in Pella, IA under the direction of Larry Braskamp until 2015 when Iowa State University began hosting the GPI under the direction of Robert Reason.

The GPI is now housed at the Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), a unit of the School of Education. RISE was formed in 1974 to conduct comprehensive, integrated research and evaluation studies that enhance PK-20 education locally, nationally, and globally. RISE promotes the integration of evaluation, research, and policy through partnerships with schools, colleges and universities, federal and state education agencies, and private agencies and foundations.