Qualitative Research and Survey Policy
Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness
Requests for qualitative data support will be prioritized in the following order: compliance, strategic planning, institutional, enrollment management, divisional, departmental, individual. In case of overlap, the Social and Qualitative Research Specialist has the discretion to classify the order of priority. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis by the AVP of Institutional Research/Effectiveness or the President.
While we realize that sometimes planning can be overlooked due to other constrains, good data comes only from good methodology. The Qualitative Research Specialist has the expertise to guide you in the right direction in search of the information that addresses your research question(s). Please contact the Specialist before attempting to create a draft survey so that options, language, and methodology can be discussed far ahead of any deadlines.
There are times that the Qualitative Research Specialist will advise you, after a thorough review of your request and our resources, that sources of data other than customized surveys and focus groups are more suitable to address your immediate information needs. If you are not satisfied with the advice, please contact the AVP of Institutional Research/Effectiveness for a secondary review.