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Who can take LENA?

The Leadership Education Needs Assessment (LENA) was created specifically for Ohio State Students. It is meant to help measure students’ leadership skills and the questions are geared toward students at all levels (i.e., undergraduate, graduate or professional).

If you are an Ohio State staff or faculty member and would like to see what your students would see, please email


When should I take LENA for the first time?

There is no “right time” to take LENA; the assessment is open to all students at all stages in their undergraduate or graduate/professional careers. A good time to consider taking LENA for the first time is when you are starting to think about your professional and/or leadership development. Ultimately, when to take LENA is up to you and your particular situation. It might also be helpful to discuss timing with a mentor, advisor or friend.

Is it one of you goals to get more involved at Ohio State within the span of one year? In that case, it might be useful for you to take LENA at the beginning and end of that year-long period. When you take LENA the second time, you will be able to get a sense of your growth and development over the course of that year.


Should I take LENA more than once? If so, how much time should I wait before I take it again?

Yes! Consider taking LENA more than once and even more than twice. One of the central purposes of the assessment is to track your growth over time. It is important to note, though, that growth and change is usually a slow process, so if you take LENA every month, you might not see much progress on your scores right away. Thus, you should probably not take LENA more than once a semester.


What should I do if I lost my LENA scores and want to see them again?

Email, and the Student Life LENA team will send you a PDF of your score report.


How do I interpret my scores?

Great question! An entire section of the Facilitator’s Guide (coming soon!) focuses on giving you the most comprehensive interpretation possible. 

Who can I contact with questions about the survey itself?

Email for any and all questions about the survey. The Student Life LENA team is more than happy to chat with you. You can expect a response back within 72 hours.


I want to facilitate LENA, but I want to see the survey myself first. Is that possible?

Yes, it is possible to see a copy of the survey. Email for information about this survey preview.


I am a staff member and would like to request a report on my student group. How do I go about requesting one?

Please fill out the form at this link to request a student report: A Student Life LENA team member will be in touch once you submit the form.

How can I request that a resource be added to the resources provided through LENA?

All you have to do is fill out a request form here: For questions or additional comments regarding your submission, please contact


Who else can I talk to about my scores?

We encourage you to talk to someone that might be able to help you connect how your scores may play out in your daily life or how you lead. This could be an advisor, mentor, supervisor, resident advisor, assistant hall director, hall director, faculty, staff member and so many others.


What tools are available to facilitate discussion involving LENA and leadership development?

We will soon have a facilitation guide that includes reflection questions, activities and more! Check back soon!