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Updated:4/21/2014 3:09:08 AM

CIRP Surveys

Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP)

The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) is a national longitudinal study of the American higher education system.  Siena College participate in three CIRP surveys, the CIRP Freshman Survey (TFS), the Diverse Learning Environment Survey (DLE), and the College Senior Survey (CSS).


First administered in Fall 2011, Siena conduct the CIRP Freshman Survey every other year to incoming first-year students before they start classes. The survey covers a wide range of student characteristics: parental income and education, ethnicity, and other demographic items; financial aid; secondary school achievement and activities; educational and career plans; and values, attitudes, beliefs, and self-concept.

First administered in Spring 2011, Siena conduct the DLE Survey every other year to second-year and third-year undergraduate students. The DLE Survey captures student perceptions regarding the institutional climate, campus practices as experienced with faculty, staff, and peers, and student learning outcomes. Diverse student populations are at the center of the survey. The purpose of this survey is to help understand the experiences of students to diminish inequity, and understand how to improve services to meet their needs.

The College Senior Survey is designed as an exit survey for graduating seniors. The survey connects academic, civic, and diversity outcomes with a comprehensive set of college experiences to measure the impact of college. It will be first administered in 2015 to senior students at Siena.

  •  Longitudinal Research

Many of the items on the CIRP Freshman Survey are pre-test questions that are then post-tested on CIRP follow-up Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE) and College Senior Survey (CSS), providing for longitudinal examination of cognitive and affective growth during college.