Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) is a continuing longitudinal study of the American higher education system undertaken by the Higher Education Research Institute housed at UCLA. The principal purpose of CIRP is to assess the opinions and interests of first-year college students. UNC-Chapel Hill has participated in the CIRP survey since its inception.
In recent years, CIRP has developed constructs from survey item responses to better understand student experiences and outcomes than if only individual survey items are compared. These constructs include academic and social self-conception, valuation of social and political involvement, learning behaviors, likelihood of college involvement, and the importance of college reputation.