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About CIRP

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) is a national longitudinal study of the American higher education system. It is regarded as the most comprehensive source of information on college students.

Established in 1966 at the American Council on Education, the CIRP is now the nation's largest and oldest empirical study of higher education, involving data on some 1,900 institutions, over 15 million students, and more than 300,000 faculty. CIRP surveys have been administered by the Higher Education Research Institute since 1973. The CIRP longitudinal program consists of the Freshman Survey (TFS) , Your First College Year (YFCY) Survey, Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE), and the College Senior Survey (CSS).

CIRP Advisory Committee

The 2010 CIRP Advisory Committee, comprised of higher education researchers and scholars, meets annually with the CIRP staff to identify areas of future study and consult on issues and initiatives in higher education.

Betsy Barefoot
Co-Director and Senior Scholar
Policy Center on the First Year of College
  Victor M. H. Borden
Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Professor
Indiana University, Purdue University
  Mark L. Gunty
Assistant Director of Institutional Research
University of Notre Dame
Christine M Keller
Director of Research Policy & Analysis
Executive Director
Voluntary System of Accountability
Association of Public and Land Grant Universities
  Kurt J. Keppler
Vice President for Student Affairs
Valdosta State University
  Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic research
California State University
Office of the Chancellor
Sylvia Hurtado
  Kevin Eagan
Assistant Professor
CIRP Director
HERI Managing Director
  Randy L. Swing
Executive Director
Association for Institutional Research