About the GPI

The Global Perspective Inventory (GPI) is a web-based assessment of individual experiences and development of a global perspective. The emphasis placed on cognitive, intrapersonal, and interpersonal dimensions provides a holistic approach to assessing learning and development. The GPI is beneficial for those involved with program assessment and institutional improvement initiatives.

Nearly 200 colleges, universities, and educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad have used the GPI to assess intercultural competence, global learning, and study abroad experiences. Although the three forms of the GPI are predominantly used to assess students' educational experiences, the core 35 items 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 learning and the development of a global perspective. GPI data provide a starting point for understanding how students think (cognitive), how they view themselves (intrapersonal), and how they relate to others from different cultures and backgrounds or who have different values (interpersonal). Results can be used to guide conversations related to student learning, program improvement, and institutional effectiveness.

About RISE History of the GPI

The Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE), a unit of the School of Education, is located at Iowa State University. RISE conducts comprehensive, integrated, research and evaluation studies to enhance K-12 and postsecondary education nationally and globally.

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 Global Perspective Inventory was hosted by Central College in Pella, IA under the direction of Larry Braskamp until 2015 when Iowa State began hosting the GPI.