Celebrating a historic half-century of research on college students, 2015 marked the 50th administration of the CIRP Freshman Survey (TFS). The survey was introduced in 1966 by Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Astin during his time at the American Council on Education. Sandy brought the project to UCLA in 1973 and since then it has been administered by the Higher Education Research Institute. The survey has been administered to more than 15 million students at over 1,900 institutions. Later this year, we will release a longitudinal review of the past fifty years of data in "The American Freshman: Fifty-Year Trends."
Our mission as a research institute remains to "inform educational policy and promote institutional improvement through an increased understanding of higher education and its impact on college students."