About the Collegiate Results Survey
As part of a larger project examining how a students participation in postsecondary education affects his or her academic achievement and employment outcomes, NCPI researchers developed measures that students and institutions could use to make comparisons of similar institutions. Researchers wanted a better understanding of the market for postsecondary education, one in which quality judgments are based on outcomes.
Researchers, led by Robert Zemsky and Susan Shaman developed an instrument
for measuring collegiate results, the Collegiate Results Survey (CRS).
The survey asked a sample of recent college graduates to describe their
lives six to nine years after college. Administered primarily as a paper
instrument mailed directly to respondents homes beginning in the
fall of 1999, the CRS collected data from the graduates of 80 baccalaureate-granting
colleges and universities across the United States. The CRS questioned
graduates about their postbaccalaureate education and lifelong learning,
occupations and income, job skills, personal values and activities, and
confidence in their skills and abilities.
The resulting data can help prospective college students and their parents
base educational choices on the attributes a given institution promotes
rather than on institutional prestige. Even two colleges that compete
head-to-head for the same students turn out graduates who are quite different
in terms of the occupations they pursue, the values they think are important,
the skills they use in the workplace, and the kinds of tasks they feel
confident in performing.
In developing the CRS, researchers developed a system for categorizing institutions in order to make comparisons among similar types of institutions, or market segments.
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