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CIRP Freshman Survey Results for 2014

A college rating system proposed by the U.S. Department of Education could hurt many broad-access and minority-serving colleges and universities given that those institutions are enrolling more students who may ultimately graduate from a different college or university. According to UCLA’s annual CIRP Freshman Survey, more than one-quarter of incoming freshmen at such colleges plan to transfer to another institution.

Other findings reveal that graduate degree aspirations are on the rise; partying, alcohol and tobacco use all continue to decline; and students’ self-rated emotional health is at its lowest level ever.

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Based on the CIRP Freshman Survey 2014 results, below is a snapshot of some experiences and expectations students bring with them to college and areas where they may need additional support and development from their campus.

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2015 CIRP Freshman Survey is now open. It's the 50th administration of the CIRP Freshman Survey, and for five decades we have aimed to improve the college experience for undergraduates. Thousands of colleges and universities have relied on the CIRP Freshman Survey to get valuable information about their incoming students that can't be found anywhere else.

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2015 Your First College Year (YFCY)

The more you know about your students, the better you can understand their needs. With insight from the CIRP's Your First College Year Survey, the most comprehensive tool addressing first-year programming and retention strategies, You will be one step closer to providing the best environment for student learning and adjustment to college.

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2014-2015 College Senior Survey (CSS)

The College Senior Survey (CSS) connects academic, civic, and diversity outcomes with a comprehensive set of college experiences to measure the impact of college. The CSS can be used as a stand-alone instrument or in conjunction with our other surveys to generate longitudinal data on students' cognitive and affective growth during college.

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Diverse Learning Environments Survey

The Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE) captures student perceptions regarding the institutional climate, campus practices as experienced with faculty, staff, and peers, and student learning outcomes. Diverse student populations are at the center of the survey, and the instrument is based on studies of diverse student bodies and the complexity of issues that range from student mobility to intergroup relations.

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New Research Examines Racial Identity Salience among College Students

This blog was written by Dr. Adriana Ruiz Alvarado. Even in the wake of escalating racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the nation, many still contend that we are living in a postracial era. Continuous racial incidents on college campuses, however, demonstrate that race is still very salient for many students. The salience of ... Read More

1967: Love and Marriage: College Students' Views on Dating and Marriage

The 1967 CIRP Freshman Survey featured items on dating patterns and expectations of marriage. One question, only asked in 1967, inquired about students’ dating behavior while in high school. This emphasis on romantic relationships reflects the pop culture of the 1960s with the emergence of free love and the sexual liberation movement. While attending high ... Read More

1966: Inputs Matter: Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Astin Initiates the Freshman Survey

This year marks the 50th administration of the CIRP Freshman Survey. As we begin to administer the survey this spring and count down to the release of the 50th edition of The American Freshman, we will highlight some of the key findings and interesting survey nuggets for each of the Freshman Survey administrations. We will ... Read More

Registration Is Now Open for the 50th Administration of the CIRP Freshman Survey

In 1960, while working at the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), Dr. Alexander Astin understood the importance of accounting for student inputs. Namely, he recognized that elite institutions should not receive so much credit for the success of their alumni; instead, many of the students attending elite institutions arrived on campus equipped with the skills ... Read More

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1968: Tragedy and War: Students? Increasing Activism and Demonstrations

1968 was a momentous year full of triumphs and tragedies, including social unrest and activism covering both international as well as domestic issues. The Tet Offensive in January was one of the bloodiest battles for Americans during the Vietnam War and it motivated more American citizens back home to further withdraw their support of the ... Read More

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Sylvia Hurtado and how universities can help students embrace diversity

Sylvia Hurtado is director of UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute and has been doing research that addresses the success of diverse student populations in postsecondary education for more than 10 years.

Joanie Harmon, editor of Ampersand in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, spoke with Hurtado recently about her research and the challenges campuses face as they engage students, faculty and staff on issues of diversity and campus climate.

You can read the complete interview here.

College Rating System and Minority Students

HERI's Director, Sylvia Hurtado, was at Capitol Hill presenting on the proposed College Rating System and Minority Students. Watch the video clip of her presentation here.

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Our newest infographic posters for the 2014 Your First College Year (YFCY) and College Senior (CSS) surveys are now available for download. Customizable versions are also available for download here.

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