We are pleased to announce that we have released our new survey reporting format. These enhancements have come as a result of a year-long project that had the intent of creating more useful reports for the colleges and universities using CIRP surveys. Taking into account user feedback, best practices in reporting, and a desire to use the most advanced research tools and resources available, we believe that these reports can help facilitate a deeper and richer understanding of a very complex phenomenon–the college experience.
In addition to “how-to” pages in the report, our webcast takes you through the new features and some of the rationale for why the changes were made.
You can view the webcast here.
Our Institutional and Longitudinal Profiles have always been a popular resource for institutions. We have expanded the amount of information available in these reports to help you glean more information. The frequency distributions have been expanded to show all values, instead of partial listings. You will also find means, results of statistical significance tests, and effect sizes for appropriate scaled survey items. As always with CIRP reports, we compare your institution to comparison groups, with separate results broken out by gender, although now these comparisons will come with added power to determine significant differences.
In addition to the new statistical information, we are also launching three new sets of reports.
CIRP Construct Reports. The CIRP Constructs represent sets of related survey items that measure an underlying trait or aspect of a student’s life. We provide one score for that trait. We use Item Response Theory (IRT) to create the constructs, a modern psychometric method that has several advantages over methods used in more traditional factor analysis. Included in the CIRP Construct Reports are definitions of the CIRP Constructs, weighted scores, means, statistical tests and effect sizes allowing you to compare your institution with comparison groups. For more information on CIRP Constructs, please click here.
CIRP Theme Reports. The CIRP Theme reports combine relevant items together for easy access. The themes are more loosely structured than the CIRP Constructs and in some cases include together survey items that just would not be appropriate to combine in a construct. By examining items together (e.g. Active and Collaborative Learning, Health and Wellness) the theme reports can be used to illustrate what contributes to a specific area of interest and facilitate discussion on campus.
Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) Portrait. The CIRP College Senior Survey (CSS) is one of the assessment instruments chosen to support the Voluntary System of Accountability. The VSA report organizes CSS results for use in the VSA College Portrait.
We hope that you find these enhanced reports useful in interpreting your CIRP results. We look forward to your feedback!