The National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE) will meet your institution’s needs in survey administration. We believe that campus climate surveys are valuable indicators of college leaders’ styles, employee experiences, and the institution’s overall capacity to fulfill its mission and goals and ensure student success. Organizational climate includes a set of measurable properties of the work environment and plays a critical role in influencing and motivating various stakeholders such as faculty, students, and administrators to achieve institutional goals.


NILIE’s mission is to assist institutions in developing strategies that improve student success through collaborative leadership. This is accomplished by conducting research on leadership and institutional effectiveness using specialized surveys directed at assessing faculty/staff/administration and student satisfaction with the college environment. NILIE provides support for institutions that aspire to high performance and sustainability through research, information sharing, and consulting services that enhance leadership development and improve institutional effectiveness.


The National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE) was established in 1990 at the University of Texas-Austin by Dr. George A. Baker III. Dr. Baker brought NILIE and the Personal Assessment of Campus Environment (PACE) survey to NC State in 1992.

Dr. Baker’s vision for NILIE included three key elements: a high quality research program on leadership and organizational effectiveness; services to institutions of higher education, especially community colleges, in the form of climate assessments, consultation, conferences and publications; and opportunities for NCSU graduate students to learn and grow through experience with research. These three elements continue with NILIE today.