Institutional Research

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a faculty member and I’ve been invited to participate in a study where the primary investigator is at a different institution. Should I do it?

It depends. We can take a look at the study, the method, the sources that funded it, and its underlying assumptions and evaluate it with you to help you make a more informed decision.

 I’m a faculty member but I’m not involved with what I consider “research” or any type of statistics. What can IR do for me?

The term research is extraordinarily wide-ranging. An instructor’s process of textbook selection generally involves formal research, as does the informal cost/benefit analysis one does when deciding what times to offer certain selections of courses, or even if the course should be offered at all. Like the College itself, we play multiple, unique roles that could likely inform the decisions you make,, even if you’re not actively doing research. Confidential analyses of your teaching evaluations, assistance with peer-reviewed academic publications, surveys, focus groups, tests, quasi-experiments, forecasting, and, yes, multivariate statistical modeling and tests to help one decide how best to accomplish the vital role they play at the College.

How do I go about getting a grant?

We can help in multiple stages of the grant process, including helping you develop your hypotheses and methodology, etc and the IRB process before the grant, to quality control, testing, and measurement during the funding-period, and then the evaluation or analysis period which completes most funded projects. Our expertise and formal training is in the process of the project, which might allow you, the substantive expert, to concentrate on content.  To go about applying for a grant, visit the Grant Office http://www.slcc.edu/grantsadministration/index.aspx.

Can IR help me with my Master’s or Ph.D. research?

If your supervisor and you have decided that your graduate degree will directly benefit the College, then that is certainly within the scope of IR’s mission. These are treated on an individual basis and must be approached formally and with complete transparency.

Can you help me design my study?

Absolutely. From subjective interviews and qualitative projects (such as participant observations and post-modern emotive response) to empirical quantitative studies (such as pre/post tests, inferential forecasting and the modeling of complex, adaptive academic behavior). we can work with you at each step of the research process. We can help perform literature reviews, develop your hypothesis and concepts, collect data and run analyses.

Do you work with anyone on any project?

No. Our role is to provide the information and research expertise used by the College in fulfilling its mission. If there is no clear benefit to Salt Lake Community College (including faculty, staff and students), IR is unable to assist with the project.

What’s the relationship between IR and the IRB?

The Institutional Review Board is a committee that evaluates research proposals to ensure that research involving human subjects or participants is carried out in an ethical manner, and in compliance with federal guidelines. Any institution that conducts research involving human participants is required to organize an IRB to oversee this research. A relationship exists between IR and the IRB because the current chair of the IRB is the director of IR.