The annual conference of the American Educational Research Association kicks off today, Thursday, April 16, and CIRP data are well-represented among the presentations this year. The conference kicks off with a roundtable paper presentation by CIRP graduate student researcher Jennifer Berdan Lozano, former CIRP graduate student researcher Laura Bernhard, and CIRP Director Kevin Eagan. Their paper, “Campus in Color: Examining Faculty Perceptions of Institutional Commitment to Diversity,” highlights data from the 2010-11 HERI Faculty Survey. The authors examine the relationship between how faculty feel about their institution’s commitment to diversity and a number of correlates, such as stress due to subtle discrimination, perceptions of shared governance, and measures of the institutional climate.
On Friday, April 17, Adriana Ruiz Alvarado – a former CIRP graduate student researcher and current HERI postdoctoral research fellow – presents findings from her dissertation, which analyzed 2004 CIRP Freshman Survey data and 2010 data from the National Student Clearinghouse. Dr. Alvarado examines the issue of reverse transfer – moving from a four-year institution to a two-year institution – and what implications this phenomenon among Latino students, in particular, has for community colleges. Her presentation, “Latina/o Reverse Transfer Students: Implications for Community Colleges,” begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Swiss Hotel, Zurich E.
Dr. Sylvia Hurtado and her research team present a poster entitled “Replenishing STEM Pipelines: Factors That Contribute to Undecided Students’ Completion of STEM Bachelor’s Degrees” at 12:25 p.m. in the Sheraton, Chicago Ballrooms VI and VII. This poster examines the characteristics, preparation, and pre-college goals of students who started college as undecided in their major but later switched into and completed a STEM bachelor’s degree. Findings have implications for institutions looking to recover some of the talent lost due to attrition among STEM majors.
Drs. Hurtado and Ruiz Alvarado also present Sunday morning at 10:35 a.m. in a session that also has former HERI graduate student researcher (and current professor at UC Davis) Marcela Cuellar. The session, held in Zurich E of the Swiss Hotel, focuses on Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Dr. Cuellar uses CIRP data to look at differences in outcomes among Latino students based on their enrollment at HSIs, emerging HSIs, or a non-HIS.
Current CIRP graduate student researcher Abbie Bates presents her study, “Predicting Social Self-Concept: The Role of Racial Identity and High School Experiences in College Development,” at 12:25 p.m. Sunday in Zurich C of the Swiss Hotel. This study draws from longitudinal CIRP Freshman Survey and College Senior Survey data to examine the intersection of pre-college experiences and students’ racial identities in terms of understanding how they change in their social self-concept during college.
Check out the full slate of CIRP-related presentations here.