First Year Students at a Glance Infographic for TFS 2013

Posted by Kevin Eagan on April 9th, 2014 in News, News Homepage, Surveys | Comments Off

This entry is posted on behalf of Melissa Aragon.

2013 Freshman Survey InfographicWe are excited to highlight a new way we are helping CIRP Freshman Survey participating institutions show off their results. We are in the second year of our CIRP Freshman Survey infographic, and this time we are releasing an infographic highlighting some of the national data and providing a customizable version of the infographic for campuses to add their local findings.  This customizable version of the infographic poster enables institutions to report their own results next to the national statistics to easily compare the two figures.  In order to make this process a bit smoother, we also created a codebook to aid institutions in identifying the survey items reflected in the infographic. Please visit our infographic webpage.

Explore our “First Year Students at a Glance” infographic highlighting some of the findings from the 2013 CIRP Freshman Survey in an interesting display of icons and data.  From a longitudinal look at the increasing number of college applications students are submitting to their use of technology and insight on their political viewpoints, the infographic poster provides a visually engaging perspective of the 2013 freshman class.

We have received great feedback about our infographic posters, and we plan to continue to provide this informative tool to share our survey results. Look for more infographics in the near future featuring our HERI Faculty Survey and our student follow-up surveys, including the Your First College Year survey, the College Senior Survey and the Diverse Learning Environments survey. All five of our 2014 surveys are currently open for administration and registration.

We hope you find the infographic useful in stimulating discussions on campus about your TFS results.

AERA April 4-7, 2014 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Posted by Silvio Vallejos on April 3rd, 2014 in Conferences | Comments Off

HERI Presentations at the 2014 AERA Conference

HERI Presentations at the 2014 AERA Conference

Posted by Kevin Eagan on April 3rd, 2014 in Conferences, News, News Homepage | No Comments »

The 2014 AERA annual conference has begun, and HERI is excited to announce that 12 papers at the conference will present findings from analyses of CIRP data. Five of these studies are being presented by HERI staff members or affiliated scholars; the remaining seven studies have been conducted by researchers who were granted access to data through HERI’s data access process.

These presentations cover a diverse set of topics ranging from underrepresented minority students’ enrollment in STEM majors to Latina/o student empowerment at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), emerging HSIs, and non-HSIs to career plans of prospective engineers.

A few of the highlights include:

HERI Interim Managing Director Dr. Kevin Eagan presents, with his co-author Hannah Whang, a study using  2010-11 HERI Faculty Survey data of the individual experiences and institutional contexts influencing faculty’s intentions to remain at their current institution versus leaving for a job outside of academe or pursuing an academic position at another college or university. (Saturday, April 5, 2:45-4:15 p.m.)

HERI Director Dr. Sylvia Hurtado presents, with her team, a study on improving underrepresented minority students’ enrollment in STEM graduate programs by participation in structured undergraduate research programs and conducting research with faculty outside of structured programs. This study uses longitudinal data from the CIRP Freshman Survey and her team’s Post-Baccalaureate Survey. (Sunday, April 6, 2:15-3:45 p.m.)

HERI Director Dr. Sylvia Hurtado presents, with her co-author Adriana Ruiz Alvarado, a study on student and institutional characteristics associated with six-year degree completion for underrepresented minority students, disaggregating American Indian, Black, and Latina/o students in order to uniquely understand each group. (Monday, April 7, 12:25-1:55 p.m.).

UCLA Higher Education and Organizational Change graduate student Shuai Li presents a study on students’ development of political aspirations, and the study uses categories of race/ethnicity to understand how the salience of particular college experiences differs across student groups. She analyzes data from the CIRP Freshman Survey and the College Senior Survey. (Monday, April 7, 10:35-12:05).

Click here for a full list of papers presenting findings from analyses of CIRP data.


Tools ‹ HERI BLOG — WordPress

Posted by Lesley McBain on March 31st, 2014 in News | No Comments »

Tools ‹ HERI BLOG — WordPress.

Register Now for the 2014 Diverse Learning Environments Survey

We have opened registration for the 2014 Diverse Learning Environments (DLE) survey. The DLE is CIRP’s newest survey, and it captures student perceptions regarding the institutional climate, campus practices as experienced with faculty, staff, and peers, and student learning outcomes.

As we launch another DLE administration, we would like to let you know about some changes we made to the 2014 survey as well as provide some reminders for both participating institutions and those considering administering the DLE for the first time.

As a reminder, the DLE is a web-based survey that allows you maximum flexibility to set up customized email notifications and reminders as well as customized “welcome” and “thank you” pages. Alternately, HERI can manage email notifications to students for you.

In order to obtain more information about your individual campus population, you can upload 30 closed-ended additional questions and five open-ended additional questions. You can also add up to five different modules – for example, ones on classroom climate and intergroup relations – to your survey. For more information on additional questions, please see here. For a listing of additional modules and more information about them, please see here .

In terms of changes to the survey, we have added more response choices for reasons respondents decided to take courses at another institution. In addition, we have added “Lesbian” and “Queer” as answer choices in the sexual orientation question and changed “LBGT Center” to “LGBTQ Center,” as well as changed “Heterosexual” and “Homosexual” in the sexual orientation question to “Heterosexual/Straight” and “Gay.”

We have also revised/expanded the question about whether students have stopped taking courses for more than one year. Finally, we have changed response categories for how students rate themselves on selected traits compared to the average person their age to “A Major Strength, Somewhat Strong, Average, Somewhat Weak, A Major Weakness.”

If you have questions or need more information on these changes, please feel free to contact HERI at or (310) 825-1925. We thank you for your participation and look forward to assisting you through this DLE cycle.

Registration for the 2014 College Senior Survey Is Now Open

Posted by Jen Berdan on March 25th, 2014 in News, News Homepage | Comments Off

The 2014 College Senior Survey (CSS) is now open for registration and administration! Similar to this year’s YFCY survey, the 2014 CSS is web-only. Please note again that this is a temporary change and we welcome and encourage our participating colleges and universities to take advantage of the CSS this year especially since we have cut our processing and email fees. Processing fees for the 2014 CSS are now only $1 per survey! Plus the option to have HERI manage emails is $150, down from $375.

One of the advantages of the web-only CSS is customization – institutions can customize the survey to their specific needs. This includes not only welcome and thank you pages but the survey instrument itself. Participating colleges can get feedback on specific topics and issues from their students by adding up to thirty multiple-choice questions and up to five open-ended questions.

Our CIRP surveys are designed to be longitudinal so that colleges and universities can track their students’ growth and change over time. With that in mind there are a couple of changes we have made to the 2014 CSS. In an effort to connect more items across the surveys we have added two items from the YFCY survey that ask students to rate their ability to conduct research and to work as part of a team.

We have also changed the veteran status question to be consistent with the 2010 Freshman Survey. This change is intended to more accurately capture military status by increasing response options from yes or no, to include: None; ROTC, cadet, or midshipman at a service academy; In Active Duty, Reserves, or National Guard; and A discharged veteran not serving in Active Duty, Reserves, or National Guard.

The CSS can be a powerful tool to measure the impact of college, especially when used as a follow-up to the Freshman Survey, the Your First College Year Survey, and the Diverse Learning Environments Survey. But it is also useful to measure satisfaction with various aspects of college, including services. As students focus on employment near graduation, we added an item asking about their satisfaction with their institution’s career-related resources and support.

For a copy of the 2014 CSS instrument and the full list of the changes please click here.

If you have questions about the survey revisions – whether about the web-only administration or about survey instrument content – please feel free to contact us at or 310-825-7079. The CSS will remain open for administration through June 27, 2014.


Registration for the 2014 Your First College Year Survey Is Now Open

Posted by Abbie Bates on March 13th, 2014 in News, News Homepage | Comments Off

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2014 Your First College Year (YFCY) survey is now open for registration and administration. As we have previously discussed, the 2014 YFCY will include a web-only administration. This temporary change was necessary in order for us to continue to provide this instrument to our participating campuses this year. One of the benefits of the web-only administration is the retention module aimed at providing schools with information to help their retention rates. Institutions can take advantage of this web-only component, which asks first-year students who no longer attend their institution a set of questions about why they decided to leave and their plans for the future.

The YFCY is an excellent tool to understand the kinds of experiences first-year students engage in, as these experiences can be important to understanding students’ development during their first year of college and can predict student persistence. We are developing a first-year retention calculator (much like our degree completion calculator that is now a standard part of our TFS reporting) that will connect YFCY survey items to students’ persistence into the second year and eventual degree completion. We plan to unveil this new tool at the 2014 Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research.

If you have been considering participating in CIRP’s YFCY survey, 2014 is the year to do it. We have dramatically cut our processing fees ($1 per survey in 2014, down from $3.25) and our HERI-managed email option ($150, down from $375). Additionally, we are pleased to offer campuses the opportunity to incorporate up to 30 closed-ended questions and five open-ended questions as an optional feature with the survey.

As always, we review the survey instrument and make some changes year to year in order to better capture information on today’s student populations. We have replaced a triple-barreled question in the retention model that asked about whether students left due to not feeling welcome because of their race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender; now, we ask about each of these attributes as separate items. This year we also have added new questions about students’ career path, asking respondents about the importance of beginning to think about their careers as freshmen and whether they have clearly identified a path toward achieving their career goals.

We also have brought the pluralistic orientation items (e.g., tolerance of others, openness to having my ideas challenged) in line with how we asked them on the CIRP Freshman Survey. We no longer ask students to rate these five abilities compared against the average person their age.

If you have questions about the survey revisions – whether about the web-only administration or about survey questionnaire content – please feel free to contact us at or 310-825-7079. YFCY will remain open for administration through June 13, 2014.



Registration for the 2014 CIRP Freshman Survey Is Now Open

Posted by Joseph Ramirez on February 19th, 2014 in News, News Homepage, Surveys | Comments Off

Since 1966, the CIRP Freshman Survey has provided insights into the characteristics,
demographics, attitudes, values, abilities, and experiences of the incoming cohort of college
students. We are excited to continue this tradition and would like to share some important
information about the 2014 administration.

First, registration is now open for the CIRP Freshman Survey. Campuses can begin
administering the survey as early as Monday, March 24, 2014, and the survey will remain open
through October 13, 2014.

We will continue to offer both the online and paper-based versions of the CIRP Freshman
Survey so that you can choose the platform that fits best with your institution’s administration.
For those administering the paper survey, the fold-out contains the lists of majors and careers.
Please remember that the fold-out must be removed before returning to DRC for processing.

The 2014 instrument remains quite consistent with previous years, providing you with the
opportunity to compare data over time. Cycling back onto the survey this year are items
related to the number of years student studied certain subjects in high school and students’
identification of any disabilities or medical conditions. The 2014 instrument also restores a set of
political views related to same-sex marriage, military spending, and the death penalty, among others.
To see the survey and all its administrative documents, including the handful of changes to questions
and response items, please click here.

We heard from a number of you that our offering PowerPoint presentations of TFS data
helped synthesize your institutional data while providing flexibility to customize slides.
We will be delivering these presentations once again, and would welcome your feedback
on improving them to meet your needs.

The Freshman Survey is an important benchmarking tool at both the national and institutional
level. In addition, participating institutions can utilize follow-up surveys like the Your First
College Year Survey (YFCY), the Diverse Learning Environments survey, and the College Senior
Survey (CSS) to chart how your students progress and change over time.

Of course, our survey data reflect the hard work you and your colleagues do at institutions
around the country. We thank you for reaching students to administer the survey. If you are
looking for ideas to improve your institution’s response rate, please click here.

We look forward to partnering with you in completing this very important work. Please feel free
to reach out to us at HERI@UCLA.EDU or at 310-825-7079 with any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Exciting Transitions at CIRP

Posted by Kevin Eagan on February 6th, 2014 in News, News Homepage | Comments Off

The following message is posted on behalf of HERI Director Dr. Sylvia Hurtado:

I want to share with you some news about some of the transitions occurring at UCLA’s Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). As you may have heard, John Pryor has left UCLA after serving as CIRP Director for more than eight years. John has joined Gallup and will be leading the Gallup-Purdue Alumni Survey. We thank John for his dedicated service to UCLA and to CIRP, and we wish him success in his new position.

As we conduct a national search for the next CIRP Director, I have appointed Dr. Kevin Eagan as Interim CIRP Director. Kevin has been with UCLA for a little more than seven years, and he has worked in various positions within the Higher Education Research Institute for that entire time. Kevin earned his doctorate from UCLA’s Higher Education and Organizational Change program in 2010, and his dissertation focused on the efficiency with which colleges and universities produce undergraduate degrees in STEM.

Kevin worked as a postdoctoral research fellow with a project focused on student pathways into and through STEM majors, and he now serves as a Co-Principal Investigator on this project with me. For the last year and a half, Kevin has served in the role of Assistant Director for Research for HERI. In this capacity, he focused on developing and updating new survey items, co-authoring monographs and research briefs, presenting CIRP data at regional and national conferences, and publishing peer-reviewed journal articles featuring data from our suite of surveys. Kevin comes into this position with strong foundational knowledge of CIRP’s history and the five national surveys that are scheduled to be in the field through the 2013-14 academic year.

In addition to personnel changes, I also wanted to share with you news about a move to a new vendor for several of our surveys. As many of you know, we have joined with a new survey vendor to conduct the HERI Faculty Survey, Diverse Learning Environments survey, Your First College Year survey, and College Senior Survey. We are on track to open all of our student surveys this spring, so please check the survey overview pages linked above for more information. As with any new vendor partnership, we may encounter hiccups during this transition. I encourage you to stay in contact with me, Kevin, and the rest of the CIRP staff so that we can ensure the transition with the vendor goes as smoothly as possible.

We are eager to continue working with each of you over the next several months. I am sure both Kevin and I will be in further contact with you in the coming months, and we hope to see many of you during at the 2014 AIR Annual Forum. Come by to say ‘hello’ at the CIRP booth in Orlando, FL.


AAC&U February 27-March 1, 2014, Portland, Oregon

Posted by HERI Data on January 29th, 2014 in Conferences | Comments Off

AAC&U’s General Education and Assessment: Disruptions, Innovations, and Opportunities

February 27 – March 1, 2014
Portland, Oregon

John H. Pryor will be presenting “Fixing the Mismatch: Why Faculty Goals and Industry Needs are Misaligned and What to do About It”.

The 2013-14 HERI Faculty Survey Is Now Open

Posted by Kevin Eagan on January 15th, 2014 in News, News Homepage | Comments Off

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2013-14 HERI Faculty Survey is now available. The survey will run through May 2, 2014.

We have updated the instrument considerably. We have added an extensive set of teaching and learning items, expanding upon the bank of items currently comprising our student-centered pedagogy construct. Additionally, for the first time, we are introducing modules that institutions can opt into – free of charge – based upon mission, goals, and priorities.  Topics include Campus Climate, STEM, Spirituality, Academic Advising, and LGBTQ.

While each institution that participates is free to select the faculty it wishes to sample, the HERI Faculty survey can be administered to all faculty, be they full or part-time faculty, faculty who teach graduate students, or administrators with teaching responsibilities.  There are separate sets of questions for part-time faculty and faculty teaching graduate students, designed to provide additional insight into those specific sub-populations, their expectations, and their experiences on campus.

Our website has much more information about the HERI Faculty Survey, including specific changes we have made to the instrument, administration guidelines, and tips for encouraging faculty to participate.