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Office of Planning & Assessment

CIRP Trends Report

(A Comprehensive File of CIRP Survey Results for Texas Tech)

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Survey is a longitudinal study of incoming freshman students in the American higher education system. Alexander Astin in collaboration with the American Council on Education established the survey in 1966; the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA currently administers the study. The CIRP Survey is designed to provide community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities with comparative data on entering students. It is the nation’s largest and oldest empirical study of higher education, involving data on some 1,800 institutions and over 11 million students. The annual results of the CIRP Freshman Survey provide normative data for entering college students. The longitudinal results for each participating institution are called the TRENDS.

Texas Tech University has been conducting the CIRP survey since 1981. The specific years of participation were 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. The information from the study has been used for program planning, divisional decision-making, research, and assessment activity. The CIRP results contained in this TRENDS Report summarize, in a longitudinal profile, participant responses over the past 25 years. The compiled results have yielded interesting and informative information on the Texas Tech student. The link below contains findings on student demographics, academic skills, self-image and personal goals, attitudinal and social perspectives, along with respondent preference in college major and careers.

Every year the CIRP survey questions are adjusted to reflect current trends in higher education making no two CIRP surveys exactly alike. As a result, some of the survey questions may vary from year to year or appear to be missing. The trends report herein reflects the most accurate report of items in the survey for Texas Tech findings.

Should you require additional CIRP or TRENDS information not displayed on Texas Tech students and you are member of the campus community, contact the office of Strategic Planning for Student Affairs at 742-6669 for assistance.


Dey, E.L., Astin, A.W., & Korn, W.S. (1991). The American Freshman: Twenty-Five Year Trends. Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA.