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1993, College student survey, study, longitudinal, 1989, CIRP, Participants, Cooperatice Institutional Research Program, 1994-01


Executive Summary: Since 1971, Western Washington University has utilized the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Student Information Survey to profile the characteristics, attitudes, values, educational achievements, and future goals of its in-coming freshmen. Participants in the 1989 CIRP are the focus of this report. During Spring Quarter, 1993, the OIAT sent 482 current students who had taken the CIRP survey in the Fall Quarter, 1989, College Student Surveys (CSS). Developed by the same developers of the CIRP, the Higer Education Research Institute (HERD, a part of the Graduate School of Edcuation at the University of California, Los Angeles, the CSS was designed to parallel the Freshman CIRP survey and to give researchers a longitudinal tool with which to measure students attitudes, values, etc. Usable responses were returned by 213 of those students, and are the focus of this report. Of the 213 usable questionnaires, 73.2% were from females and 26.8% from males. Moreover, while 1989 CIRP respondents were 87.6% white, non-hispanics, 1993 CSS respondents were 93.8% white, non-hispanic. In Fall Quarter of 1989, 96.3% of CSS respondents were between the ages of 18 to 19, placing most between the ages of 22 to 23 in the Spring Quarter of 1993. At the time of the survey, nearly all respondents (96.0%) were enrolled as full-time students. For 84.0% of CSS respondents, Western was their first college of choice; for another 12.7%, Western was their second college of choice. As frosh, 78.1% of CS S respondents anticipated earning a Master's Degree or better. As seniors, that figure had fallen to 51.5%. In 1989, nearly all CSS respondents (98.6%) reported earning high school grade points averages of 3.0 or better. As college undergraduates, most CSS respondents (85.9%) reported earning college grade point averages of 3.0 or better As frosh, CSS respondents were asked which of various events were 'very likely' to occur during college. As seniors, CSS respondents were asked what events actually did occur. Comparisons of particular interest included: 1) while as frosh 61.2% anticipated they would be satisfied with Western, as seniors 83.3% indicated they were satisfied with Western; 2) while as frosh only 1.9% anticipated they would work full-time while at college, as seniors 11.7% indicated that they actually had worked full-time; 3) while as frosh only 8.2% anticipated participating in demonstrations, as seniors 26.8% indicated they had participated in student protests.




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College freshmen--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Longitudinal studies; College students--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Longitudinal studies

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Technical and research reports (Western Washington University. Office of Institutional Assessment and Testing) ; 1994-01






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