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Institutional Research

CIRP Trends

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program through the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA sponsors the nation's largest and oldest survey of entering college students.

All incoming Earlham freshmen have been surveyed since 1971. Data is collected concerning attitudes, values, life goals and plans, behaviors, habits, and life experiences.

The following charts contain highlights from the Higher Education Research Institute report which summarizes the results over the period 1971-2006.

1. Academic ability, mathematical ability, self-confidence Students were asked to rate themselves on academic ability, mathematical ability, and self-confidence as compared with the average person their age.

 

2. Parent's education Students were asked "What is the highest level of formal education obtained by their father and mother."

 

3. High School Grade of A-, A, or A+ Students were asked "What was your average grade in high school."

 

4. High School Grade of B-, B, or B+ Students were asked "What was your average grade in high school."

 

5. Father's occupation Students were asked if their father was an educator.

 

6. Mother's occupation Students were asked if their mother was an educator.

 

7. Finances Students were asked "Do you have any concern about your ability to finance your college education?"

 

8. Religion Students were asked their religious preference.

 

9. Ethnicity Students were asked about their ethnicity

 

10. Native language Students were asked if English was their native language.

 

11. Miles from home Studentswhose permanent home is 500 or more miles from Earlham

 

12. Leadership Students were asked to if they rated themselves above average or highest 10% as compared with the average person of his/her age in competitiveness, drive to achieve, and leadership ability.

 

13. Popularity Students were asked to if they rated themselves above average or highest 10% as compared with the average person of his/her age in popularity and self confidence.

 

14. Activities Students were asked if they drank beer, drank wine/liquor, did volunteer work or smoked cigarettes during the past year.

 

15. Earlham satisfaction Students were asked to if the chances were very good that he/she would be satisfied with Earlham would graduate with honors, would transfer to another college before graduating, would drop out of Earlham temporarily, and would make make at least a "B" average.

 

16. Objectives Students were asked if being very well off financially, helping others who are in difficulty, developing a meaningful philosophy of life or raising a family were objectives they considered to be essential or very important.

 

17. Agree Students were asked if they agree strongly or somewhat that abortion should be legalized, that if two people really like each other it's all right for them to have sex even if they've known each other for only a very short time, it is important to have laws prohibiting homosexual relationships, marijuana should be legalized, the activities of married women are best confined to the home and family.

 

18. Sexual relations-Female students were asked if they agree strongly or somewhat that if two people really like each other, it's all right for them to have sex even if they've known each other for only a very short time. Earlham results are then compared to national norm.

 

19. Sexual relations-Male students were asked if they agree strongly or somewhat that if two people really like each other, it's all right for them to have sex even if they've known each other for only a very short time. Earlham results are then compared to national norm.

 

20. Women's place-Female Female students were asked if they agree strongly or somewhat that the activities of married women are best confined to the home and family. Earlham results are then compared to national norm.

 

21. Women's place - Male Male students were asked if they agree strongly or somewhat that the activities of married women are best confined to the home and family. Earlham results are then compared to national norm.

 

22. Politics Students were asked "How would you characterize your political views?"

 

23. Reasons for choosing college Students were asked if being able to make more money or to gain a general education and appreciation of ideas were reasons they felt were very important in deciding to go to college.

 

24. Reasons for choosing Earlham Students were asked what influenced their decision to come to Earlham. Some reasons noted as very important reason included an offer of financial assistance, Earlham's good academic reputation, and special educational programs.

 

25. First choice Students were asked if Earlham was their first choice.

 

26. Applications Students indicated if they applied at no other college, were accepted at no other college or were accepted at one or more other colleges.

 

 

Created by Mary Ann Weaver October 10, 2001
weavema@earlham.edu

Last updated July 16, 2007