ERIC Number: ED445614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
What's in a Name Change? Using CIRP Data at a Transitional Two-Year College.
This paper details the ongoing study of the characteristics of incoming students at Pennsylvania College of Technology, (Penn College) which resulted from a merger in 1989 of Williamsport Area Community College and Penn State, leading to new programs and activities, e.g., bachelor degrees, on-campus housing, and athletics. The college periodically assesses its entering students by participating in the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), sponsored by the American Council on Education and the Higher Education Research Institute; CIRP involves some quarter million students every year. The primary purpose of CIRP is to assess the effects of college on students; to do so, its entering student survey, which targets only first-time, full-time students, profiles them on a wide array of characteristics, enabling internal and external comparisons. The conclusions of study at Penn College so far indicate that although the entering population is evolving slowly, it continues to differ from national norms in more ways than it mirrors the traditional population. If in a decade of institutional upheaval, the pool of Penn College students is still more like those who came 10 years ago, the question for researchers is how often effort for studies like CIRP should be undertaken. (Contains 10 references.) (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Coll. of Technology, Williamsport.