Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Series RSS

Investigator(s): University of California - Los Angeles, Higher Education Research Institute, American Council on Education

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) is the largest ongoing national study of college students in the United States. Initiated in 1966 by the American Council on Education (ACE) and transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1973 under the continuing sponsorship of ACE, CIRP annually surveys entering freshman classes at a national sample of colleges and universities. Each annual survey produces national norms describing the characteristics of new college freshmen, and the data generated by the survey provide a basis for national longitudinal studies of a wide variety of educational problems and issues. A typical annual survey involves the entering freshmen classes (N = 300,000 students) at approximately 600 two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and universities. These data are subsequently used to produce individual reports for participating institutions and national norms, by sex, for different types of institutions.

For more information, visit the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Web site.

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Most Recent Publications

2001
Kim, Mikyong Minsun . Institutional effectiveness of women-only colleges: Cultivating students' desire to influence social conditions. Journal of Higher Education. 72, (3), 287 -
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1997
Easterlin, Richard A.,  Crimmins, Eileen M. American youth are becoming more materialistic. Citizen Politics in Post-Industrial Societies. Boulder, CO: Westview.
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1996
Govindan, Indira . Walking Two Borders: Freshman Children of Immigrant Parents. Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research. Albuquerque, NM.
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1995
Jacobs, Jerry A. Gender and academic specialties: Trends among recipients of college degrees in the 1980s. Sociology of Education. 68, (2), 81-98.
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1991
Dey, Eric L.,  Astin, Alexander W.,  Korn, William S. The American Freshman: Twenty-five Year Trends, 1966-1990. Los Angeles, CA: Higher Education Research Institute, Graduate School of Education, University of California.
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1990
Smith, Tom W. A report: National service. Public Opinion Quarterly. 54, (2), 273-285.
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1990
Smith, Tom W. A report: The sexual revolution?. Public Opinion Quarterly. 54, (3), 415-435.
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1987
Dougherty, Kevin . The effects of community colleges: Aid or hindrance to socioeconomic attainment?. Sociology of Education. 60, (2), 86-103.
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1985
Astin, Alexander W. The changing American college student. Prospectus for Change: American Private Higher Education: Papers Presented at Colloquia in Celebration of the sixtieth Anniversary of the Duke Endowment. Charlotte: Duke Endowment.
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1984
Hearn, James C. The relative roles of academic, ascribed, and socioeconomic characteristics in college destinations. Sociology of Education. 57, (1), 22-30.
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