About the GPI

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

Assessing Global Learning and Development

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 college 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. Results can be used to guide conversations related to student learning, program improvement, and institutional effectiveness.

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.