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ERIC Number: ED426737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 158
Abstractor: N/A
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Freshman Survey Report, 1997.
Cunningham, Steve; Hiris, Eric
The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) sponsors a national annual survey that gathers data on incoming freshman classes at two- and four-year institutions. The data allow the colleges to compare their students with previous classes and with the "average" American freshman. This report presents findings from the 1997 CIRP survey at the Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College). The study is divided into the following sections: (1) detailed analyses and findings, including demographic trends and Penn College freshmen trends; (2) methodology and procedures; and (3) data tables, detailing high school preparation; religious, political and social views; and personal goals. Major findings include the following: (1) Penn College is enrolling increasing numbers of freshmen from more stable family backgrounds; (2) the college is attracting students from an increasingly dispersed geographic area; (3) students in non-technical majors continue to have relatively greater financial problems; (4) freshmen continue to be more occupationally and financially motivated than the norm; (5) freshmen hold increasingly conservative social and political views; (6) reports indicate decreased levels of partying and drinking, but increased cigarette smoking; (7) while freshmen academic involvement remains low compared with the norm, the college's academic reputation is slowly improving, along with student self-confidence levels and degree aspirations; and (8) student goals to obtain B.S. degrees are on the rise. Appended are the CIRP student information form, supplemental questions, administration instructions on residence life and campus faculty, and a CIRP survey. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Coll. of Technology, Williamsport. Office of Strategic Planning and Research.