The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) was originally organized as the Programmed Learning Society at a dinner meeting held on January 29, 1962 at the Randolph AFB Officers’ Club in San Antonio, Texas. The purpose of the society was to collect, develop, and diffuse information concerned with programmed instruction. In March, the society adopted the name National Society for Programmed Instruction (NSPI).
In March 1963, the newly formed society had its First Annual Conference at the El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Over 650 attended that first meeting.
In response to the changing focus of the society, the name was changed in May of 1973 to the National Society for Performance and Instruction. Still NSPI, the current logo was retained.
Recognizing that NSPI was an international organization, the membership voted to change the name to the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) in June of 1995 .
Today, ISPI is the leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and performance in the workplace. ISPI represents performance improvement professionals throughout the United States, Canada, and 40 other countries.
ISPI's current mission is to develop and recognize the proficiency of its members and advocate the use of Human Performance Technology.
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