ERIC Number: ED349864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
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Exploring International Issues through the Use of CIRP Data. AIR 1992 Annual Forum Paper.
Moline, Arlett E.; Hendel, Darwin D.
A study was done of ways to use data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Programs (CIRP) to provide information on policy questions related to international education. The CIRP survey is an annual project that provides participating institutions with the opportunity to use the database to explore questions concerning an institution's international activities. The study population included 1,403 entering freshmen at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1991. The analysis focused on responses to three particular survey questions on international issues. Analysis of the student responses found that students for whom English was not their native language were frequently older and Asian-American. Students who spoke a language other than English at home were more likely to be female and Asian-American. Both students who were non-native English speakers and students who spoke a language other than English at home reported a lower parental income and had parents with lower levels of formal education. Students who placed personal importance on helping to promote racial understanding were more likely to be female, to speak a language other than English at home, and to be Asian-American. These students reported more hours during a typical week in high school were spent studying, volunteering, and participating in student clubs. They expected to take an active part in their college experience. The study concluded that institutions should consider ways in which they can do further analysis of the CIRP data. Included are a copy of the CIRP survey form and nine references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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