The GPI is available in three forms to assess students' global perspective and experiences at critical points during college. The three forms share a common set of demographic questions and 35 core items related to the three dimensions. These common items allow for consistency in longitudinal and pre-post assessment. Each form has additional items that align with its purpose: See a complete list of all GPI Survey Items (pdf).

Selecting a Form

  New Student Form General Form Study Abroad Form
High school experiences    
College entry/First-year  
Senior exit    
Pre-study abroad    
Post-study abroad    
Pre-learning experience (e.g., internship, civic engagement, service learning)    
Post-learning experience (e.g., internship, civic engagement, service learning)    

New Student Form

The New Student Form (see sample online survey) assesses students' high school curricular and co-curricular experiences. It should be used at the beginning of the first semester in college.

General Form

The General Form (see sample online survey) serves multiple purposes:

  • Stand-alone assessment of students' global perspective at any point during the college experience
  • Pre-test for students participating in study abroad
  • Post-test for students who took the New Student Form during their first year
  • Senior exit survey
  • Can be used for end-of-year assessment
This form includes items related to perceptions of community as well as curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Study Abroad Form

The Study Abroad Form (see sample online survey) is used after the completion of a study abroad experience. It includes items related to their experiences and engagement with the host country's culture and residents.

The table below can provide additional information on which form may be best suited for your assessment needs. If you need assistance determining which form would be best, contact a member of the GPI team.

Sample GPI Reports

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 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, you can create a free personal account to access your data.

Scale Reports