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Wabash National Study of                              Liberal Arts Education

The Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education is a longitudinal study administered jointly by the Center for Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College (IN) and the University of Iowa. ACT, Inc. is coordinating the collection of information from students.

The Center of Inquiry and the Wabash National Study are generously funded through grants from the Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Teagle Foundation. The Wabash National Study is led by the Center of Inquiry, under the direction of Dr. Charles F. Blaich, and in collaboration with research teams from the University of Iowa, led by Dr. Ernest T. Pascarella; the University of Michigan, led by Dr. Patricia M. King; and Miami University (Ohio), led by Dr. Marcia Baxter Magolda. ACT, Inc., under the direction of Dr. Michael J. Valiga, is assisting with the quantitative data collection and reporting.


The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of liberal arts education on students at a wide range of institutions. The study is designed to assess the impact of teaching practices and institutional conditions on the following outcomes: the inclination to inquire and life-long learning; leadership; well-being; moral reasoning; the integration of learning; effective reasoning and problem-solving; and intercultural effectiveness. The study is longitudinal, collecting data at three points over the course of two years. Data collection includes a series of instruments and surveys.

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Last Updated: 3/14/18