The Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory is a web-based survey that assesses campus climate for student learning along five dimensions of personal and social responsibility:
- Striving for excellence
- Cultivating academic integrity
- Contributing to a larger community
- Taking seriously the perspectives of others
- Developing competence in ethical and moral reasoning and action
The responses are gathered from four campus constituency groups: 1) undergraduate students, 2) student affairs professionals, 3) academic administrators, and 4) faculty members. Collectively, these responses assist with providing a comprehensive view of campus climate. All types of postsecondary institutions participate in the national study, including community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and research universities.
RISE is responsible for all aspects of the initial data collection, analysis, and reporting. However, participating institutions receive two sets of raw data files (identifiable student data files, unidentifiable campus professional data files) which allow for more in-depth exploration and data analysis. Participating institutions receive institution specific factor scores with comparisons between and among groups and national benchmarking data that allows them to compare their results to other participants. Additional consultation and analysis are available through RISE, but are not part of the initial administration and reporting process.
A major focus of the PSRI is whether–and how well–institutions are educating students on personal and social responsibility. Data from the pilot study in 2007 involving 23 members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Core Commitments Leadership Consortium have been used to provide various reports, publications, and presentations focusing on the state of personal, social, and civic education at postsecondary institutions. Among those reports is A Crucible Moment, a report highlighted at an event sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Department of Education in January 2012.