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CSUSM Studies


Explore the current studies that our movement is conducting and producing! Although we all can agree that the arts play an important role in a child's success, the research to support it speaks louder. With our work through the CIRP Study, ViaSat, and DREAM, we are well equipped and credible with our statement, ART=OPPORTUNITY.

Below is what we call our "Sun Spike" with the data we've collected from the CSUSM CIRP Surveys. According to the CIRP Study from the Higher Education Research Institute and Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA,

"For over 50 years, the CIRP Freshmen Survey (TFS) has provided data on incoming college students’ background characteristics, high school experiences, attitudes, behaviors, and expectations for college. The survey, created by Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Astin in 1966, has resided at the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA since 1973. To date, over 15 million students at over 1,900 institutions have participated in the survey.

Our mission as a research institute remains to “inform educational policy and promote institutional improvement through an increased understanding of higher education and its impact on college students.”

CIRP Freshman Survey


  CIRP Survey sun spike

CIRP Findings:

Benefits of students with 3+ years of art:

  • 14.4% higher in creativity
  • 10.2% higher in compassion
  • 7.2% higher in integrating skills and knowledge
  • 5.7% higher in the supporting opinions with a logical argument
  • 5.1% higher in taking a risk to support a gain
  • 5% higher in tolerance of differing beliefs
  • 4.8% higher in seeking solutions to problems and explaining them
  • 4.7% higher in asking questions in class
  • 4.7% higher in discussing and negotiating controversial issues
  • 4.5% higher in seeing things from another's perspective
  • 4.4% higher in evaluating the quality of information
  • 4.4% higher leadership ability
  • 4.2% higher in understanding of others
  • 4% higher seeking alternative solutions to a problem
  • 3.4% higher in exploring topics independently
  • 3.1% higher in looking up scientific research resources