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2006 Freshman Survey

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Thank you for taking part in Mount Holyoke's version of the 2006 CIRP Freshman Survey. The purpose of this national survey is to assess the opinions and interests of entering college students.   Mount Holyoke is very interested in your background and your thoughts as you begin your college career.

Completing the survey by the closing date of September 4, 2006 makes you automatically eligible for entry into our random drawing for three prizes of $50 in MHCXpress Card credit. 

Please read the Survey Information Sheet that appears below. It explains the purpose and benefits of the study and addresses possible concerns that you may have. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. Your responses will be used only for research purposes and will be strictly confidential. Your responses will not affect your academic placement, financial assistance, or housing at Mount Holyoke. The identification number on the survey is only used to avoid sending you a second request to participate, once you have completed the survey. No individuals will be identified in any presentation of survey results.

The survey consists of nine (9) linked sections and it is important that you complete all of them. Once you submit a section by hitting the "next" button, your answers will be saved for that section. After you have submitted a section, you may get back to it by using the back arrow on your browser. You may also return to the survey at a later time by clicking on the url again. Your previously submitted answers will be displayed for you to edit if you wish. If you edit answers in a section, you must click the "next" button for that section to save your responses.

We encourage you to consider checking "yes" to questions 40A and 40B.  This will allow us to link your survey responses to data we have on file at Mount Holyoke and will provide us with an enhanced ability to analyze and use the data from this survey.

Your participation is very important and greatly appreciated!

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If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Alison Donta, Director of Institutional Research, at

University of California, Los Angeles
Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey Information Sheet

Purpose of the Study
You are asked to complete this survey as part of a national study of higher education conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. One major goal of this research is to determine what happens to students when they attend college.  Since 1965, over 10 million students at over 1,700 colleges and universities have participated in this research.  The data gathered are used in studies designed to better understand student learning and development and to help improve the quality of college education. Your decision to participate (or not to participate) will not affect your relationship with your college nor your grades.

If you volunteer to participate in this study, we would ask you to complete the attached survey and return it to the designated person at your campus. [Filling out the survey online will return the survey.]

Potential Benefits to Subjects and/or Society
You may have the opportunity to reflect on your prior academic experiences and your expectations for college as you complete the survey, which may enhance self-understanding. Results of your participation also will be directly beneficial to your college or university, and may benefit future generations of college students as well.

Potential Risks and Discomforts
There could be survey items that you are uncomfortable answering or to which you would simply prefer not to respond.  Your participation in this study is strictly voluntary, and you will be under no obligation whatsoever to answer any questions that you are not inclined to answer.  You may choose not to answer any specific questions you do not want to answer and still remain in the study.

Please note that your responses will be used for research purposes only and will be strictly confidential. Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law.  In an effort to improve the college experience for students, institutions may be interested in conducting additional research that involves linking their students' responses to this survey with other student data.  We will release your survey data back to your institution with identifying information only if we have your explicit permission to do so (survey question #40).   As part of its agreement to participate in this survey, your institution has agreed not to examine your individual responses to any question. Any research your institution performs must be conducted on groups of students only.  If you do not give us your permission to release your survey data with identifying information, we will provide your college with non-identifiable data.  HERI will not release individual identifiers to other researchers or to other agencies and has secured a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Certificate of Confidentiality to protect identifiable research information from forced disclosure. 

For More Information
If you volunteer to complete this survey, you may decide not to complete the survey for any reason at any time without consequence of any kind. The Higher Education Research Institute does not offer payment for participation. Your completion and return of the enclosed questionnaire indicate your consent to participate in the study.

Identification of investigators
If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please contact Mr. John Pryor or Dr. Sylvia Hurtado at this address:

Higher Education Research Institute
UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Box 951521
Los Angeles, CA  90095-1521
Phone: 310-825-1925

Rights of Research Subjects
You may withdraw your consent at any time and discontinue participation without penalty.  You are not waiving any legal claims, rights or remedies because of your participation in this research study.  If you have questions regarding your rights as a research subject, contact the Office for Protection of Research Subjects, 2107 Ueberroth Building, UCLA, Box 951694, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1694, (310) 825-8714.

UCLA IRB: G00-06-053-13D
Expiration date: 02/12/2007