Appreciative Inquiry

Welcome to Appreciative Inquiry at Northern Essex Community College

AI provides a foundation for much of our work at NECC and with a team of staff and faculty trained in AI, we are committed to providing resources, training and workshops to the college community.

What is Appreciative Inquiry?

  • Appreciative Inquiry is an innovative approach to organizational learning. AI is an organization development model for facilitating positive change in human systems, organizations, groups and communities.
  • The assumption underlying AI is simple; every human system (person/community) has a core of strengths that is often hidden and/or underutilized—what is known as its positive core.
  • AI searches for and finds the positive core
  • When the positive core is revealed and tapped into, it provides a sustainable source of positive energy that nourishes personal and organization change.

How is AI used at NECC?

You may be interested in using AI to facilitate change for a particular group, develop a team, a department or committee, or you may just want to learn more about how AI principles might work.

Here are some examples of where and how AI may be utilized:

  • Professional Development
  • In the Classroom
  • Workshops
  • Advisory Boards
  • Alumni Groups
  • Academic Master Plan
  • Team Building
  • Leadership Academy
  • Strategic Planning

For more information about Appreciative Inquiry or to request a workshop for your work area, please contact Marcy Yeager, Center for Professional Development, at

AI Trained Facilitators

Jennifer Jackson-Stevens
Habib Maagoul
Trish Schade
Debra LaValley
Melba Acevedo
Cheryl Goodwin
Scott Lancaster
Margaret Glenn
Mark Reinhold
Noemi Custodia-Lora
Jayne Ducharme
Stephen Russell
Marcy Yeager
Lane Glenn, President

More Information

To learn more about the Institutional Planning and Research of AI, please visit the Appreciative Inquiry Commons.

If you are interested in further information, please contact Marcy Yeager,