NILIE Mission

Photo courtesy of Harford Community College

Photo courtesy of Harford Community College

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.

About

The National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE) is a third party service designed to meet your institution’s needs in survey administration. Scholars of organizational issues in higher education have long observed that the ways in which people experience the campus climate have an effect on organizational member beliefs and behaviors (Peterson, 1988; Peterson and Spencer 1990). We believe that campus climate assessments are valuable indicators of college leaders’ styles, student and employee experiences, and the institution’s overall capacity to fulfill its mission and goals and ensure student success. 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..

History

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 North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 1992. In 2014, NILIE partnered with the Interfaith Youth Corps (IFYC) and New York University (NYU) to support the Campus Religious and Spiritual Climate Survey (CRSCS) and the Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS).

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 to be the focus of NILIE today.