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CIRP, Cooperative Institutional research program, freshman, incoming class, 1991, response


The following report provides a tabular summary of student responses to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) survey for Western Washington University's 1991 in-coming freshmen class. The CIRP was developed in 1966 by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. The CIRP survey is used nationwide to gather normative data on the characteristics of first-time freshmen at American universities and colleges. In order to keep current with the changing interests and concerns of the academic community, the survey items are updated annually. In the 25 years of its existence, the CIRP has generated a substantial number of research studies concerned with a wide variety of issues in higher education (Astin, Green, Korn, Schalit, & Berz, 1988). Administration of the CIRP survey to freshmen at WWU began in 1971. Subsequent administrations were done at five-, four-, and two-year intervals. Presently, because of the rapidly changing demographic nature of WWU's in-coming freshmen classes, it is anticipated that the CIRP will be administered annually. A twenty-year study of the six CIRP administrations done between 1971 and 1991 is currently in the works. The CIRP survey provides a wealth of information about students' backgrounds, interests, and goals. The report is organized into the following areas: • Table 1: general demographic information; • Tables 2a through 2c: familial demographics; • Tables 3a through 3d: high school demographics and activities; • Tables 4a through 4i: pre-college issues, concerns, and attitudes; • Tables 5a and 5b: political viewpoints and opinions on issues; • Tables 6a and 6b: aspirations and anticipated behaviors.




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College freshmen--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Statistics

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Technical and research reports (Western Washington University. Office of Institutional Assessment and Testing) ; 1992-06






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