> First-years' views by
recent national survey of college freshmen confirms a common
portrait of the U of C student: one who places a greater value
on intellectual riches than material wealth.
the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) conducted
its 34th annual survey to see how freshmen view themselves,
their goals, and current social issues. Founded in 1966 by the
American Council on Education and now based at UCLA's Higher
Education Research Institute, CIRP is the nation's oldest and
largest empirical study of higher education.
of 261,217 students at 462 colleges were polled, with responses
from 767 students in the U of C's class of 2003 compared to
those of freshmen at 20 "highly selective" private universities.
Among the more telling findings, 44 percent of U of C first-years
expect to earn a Ph.D., versus only 29 percent of freshmen in
the peer group; 52 percent consider getting a good job an important
incentive for attending college, compared to 65 percent; and
88 percent came to college to gain an appreciation of ideas,
versus 77 percent.--E.C.