Dr. Marilee J. Bresciani Dr. Marilee J. Bresciani Ludvik


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Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, Ph.D. is the Founder and President of the Rushing to Yoga Foundation.  The Rushing to Yoga Foundation seeks to strengthen peace and compassion within higher education by training attention, emotion, and cognitive regulation skills (a.k.a., meditation, self-referral, and unabashed curiosity) among undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and administrators.  Dr. Bresciani Ludvik also serves as a professor of postsecondary educational leadership at San Diego State University.

As Founder and President of the Rushing to Yoga Foundation, Marilee’s passion to strengthen the value of a higher education degree through the Foundation’s Integrative Inquiry curriculum is also relevant to any adult seeking to strengthen her own critical thinking, creative problem solving, attention, focus and self-awareness while decreasing stress and increasing overall well-being. Integrative inquiry is the process of integrating the knowledge gained from research, course learning, and book learning with the wisdom gained from intuition, sensing, and the mindful experiencing of emotions with the ability to embrace the unknown.  With the ability to integrate multiple sources of information through generative questions and other training methodologies, participants of integrative inquiry are able to manage stress and creatively problem solve while experiencing ambiguity.  This all leads to the promotion of peace and compassion through their conscious-choice making.

Dr. Bresciani Ludvik’s past research has focused on the evaluation of student learning and development and the role leaders play in using evidence to improve student learning and development in higher education.  Her most recent research explores the effectiveness of attention, emotion, and cognitive regulation training programs on the use of intuition and self-inquiry in evidence-based decision-making and one’s ability to think critically. Dr. Bresciani Ludvik has held faculty and higher education administration positions for over 25 years. In those positions, she has conducted enrollment management research, quantitative and qualitative institutional research, course-embedded assessment, and academic and administrative program assessment.  Previously as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Assessment at Texas A&M University and as Director of Assessment at North Carolina State University, Dr. Bresciani Ludvik led university-wide initiatives to embed faculty-driven outcomes-based assessment in the curriculum.  She has led reforms in outcomes-based assessment program review, assessment of general education, quality enhancement, and assessment of the co-curricular.

Dr. Bresciani Ludvik has been invited to present and publish her findings on assessment and is a leading author of six books on assessing student learning and outcomes-based assessment program review and four books on self-inquiry and authenticity exploration. Dr. Bresciani Ludvik has developed and delivered several courses on assessment of student learning, as well as attention, emotion, and cognitive regulation.  She is a managing partner in an international assessment and enrollment management consulting firm (www.UniversityAssessmentOnline.org) while also serving as President of the Rushing to Yoga Foundation (www.rushingtoyoga.org), a foundation that promotes self-inquiry, compassion, and peace in higher education.

Dr. Bresciani Ludvik studies attention, emotion, and cognitive regulation training practices with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, mindfulness with the University of California - San Diego and Jon Kabat Zin, yoga with the Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, and meditation with the Chopra Center for Well-Being. She teaches yoga and meditation on a voluntary basis and provides attention, emotion, and cognitive regulation training practices to higher education faculty, administrators, and students. It is through these seminars, where she promotes self-reflection, responsibility for one's actions, and strategies to empower others so that integrity and intuition can be integrated with evidence to inform decisions that promote compassionate leadership and organizational peace.  Marilee’s mantra is “I teach what I need to learn.”

Dr. Bresciani Ludvik holds a Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Nebraska and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Hastings College.

Dr. Marilee Bresciani Ludvik can be reached at mbrescia@mail.sdsu.edu or at rushingtoyoga@gmail.com