The Class of 2000 Survey: A Focus on First Generation College Students
Rybiski, Debra J.
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The Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) is a survey that is administered to first-year college students. Most colleges and universities throughout the country use this survey to research and analyze their first-year students. Kalamazoo College participates in this survey for their incoming freshmen. This information is used to research and analyze different aspects of freshmen and throughout their time at Kalamazoo College. The group of students that were surveyed were the freshmen, class of 2000. This was also the first year that a parental survey was implemented. It was modeled after the student CIRP survey. Much of the questions were similar to the CIRP but were directed toward more specific answers that the parents would potentially have. The main aspects of the survey that I focused on were the concerns that first-generation college students would have about financing college, their plans to work part or full-time while in college, mother or father's education level, and parent's combined income. My study showed that first-generation college students were more concerned about financing their education and that they did indeed come from lower income families than other students.