Minutes of the
Meeting of May 5, 2001
State University, Sacramento
Present: Ted Anagnoson (scribe) [Los Angeles]; Nan Chico [Hayward], Jim
Ross [Bakersfield], Jon Ebeling (Chico), Ted Lascher (Chair) [Sacramento], John
Korey [Pomona], Tony Hernandez [SSDBA, Los Angeles], Ed Nelson [Fresno], Jae
Emenhiser [Humboldt], Rich Taketa [San Jose], Elliott Barkan [San
Recommendations for ICPSR
- Ebeling presented
recommendations for Dr. Amy Liu, Professor of Sociology at CSU Sacramento
to receive $1,800 to attend two one-week courses, and Dr. Ward Rodriguez,
Professor of Psychology and Statistics at CSU Hayward, to receive $1,200
to attend one one-week long course.
Letter to Deans (Lascher).
- Lascher sent a letter
to Deans where members had supplied him with the name and address of the
- Discussion of the need
for alternates for members who attend meetings rarely. Lascher is contacting members about the
designation of alternates.
- Info will be sent also
to alternates, who will be added to the mailing list.
Student Research Conference (Lascher).
- Consensus that the
numbers for the conference this year were very good. 26 papers were signed up, representing
10 campuses, and all but two paper presenters attended and presented their
- Discussion of online
registration – hard to keep track of registrants using this system.
presentations are still a real problem because of the absence of classroom
presentation equipment. General
consensus to bring transparencies or other backups.
- The conference is at
San Bernardino next year.
- Direct access to data –
being tested now. Next year this
is to be the preferred method.
- A substantial question
is what the role of the official representative will be with direct access
to data as the preferred method for most campuses. One consideration here is that ORs are
now as likely to be librarians as they are to be faculty.
- ICPSR is wrestling with
what a fair pricing mechanism should be in this circumstance. The price of the ICPSR data is
inexpensive compared with other commercial databases. How much of the pricing should be based
on the quantity of usage? One
possibility is the JSTOR model, using the Carnegie classification scheme
for universities (under which most CSUs are MA level institutions).
- Other things that are
happening – some data is available only in a special secure room because
of the identifiability of the data sources and records.
- What should we do? Korey said he would have a better sense
in June after the next ICPSR Board meeting.
- For the OR meeting in
the fall, the ICPSR pays for five round-trip air fares to Detroit/Ann
Arbor; the person traveling is responsible for room and some meals. Some meals are provided. The next meeting is 10/25-27/01.
Chancellor’s Office –
Payment for Field and ICPSR
- m / s / p (Barkan) –
that if we cannot obtain a decision on funding for the ICPSR and Field in
writing by 5/15/01, we would request a meeting with David Ernst and
Richard West by the end of the month.
- [Anagnoson insert – I
have just been elected to the Statewide Senate, if that could be of use. I just attended the organizational
meeting, although the first regular meeting is just after Labor Day at
Social Science Data Base
- A new feature is online
registration for accounts, with the user selecting his or her own
password. The sponsor of a student
account then gets email and grants access through going to the SSDBA www
- Student accounts expire
the end of June each year. Prior
to 6/30 of each year, the faculty sponsor is notified and told to tell Tony
that the project is continuing and the account needs to continue
also. Accounts are good for one
year at a time.
- Last year’s annual
report is almost done.
- Last year, $31,504 was
rolled over into this year.
- Field Polls – most
recent are not on site.
- Human Subjects Review –
unanimous feeling that with secondary data, human subjects review is not
necessary and redundant. This came
up vis a vis a faculty member at Long Beach. Tony is to get in touch with her and see if this is a
continuing problem; if so, the council will revisit the notion of putting
something up on the www site about the non-need for human subjects review
when data are secondary and review has taken place on the campus where
data are collected or with the organization that originally collected the
data. [There is also the obvious
point that people cannot be placed at risk with secondary analysis, but
this is so obvious one wonders where the LB people are.]
- 2000 General Social
Survey – very late. Nelson is
calling Roper about it. It is to
be available at the end of May.
Field Institute Programs.
- Lascher stated that he
was the fellow last year and had still not been paid. He is to inquire with Field as to the
- No consensus on when
the Field Research Conference should be held. This year it is 6/8/01.
NSF Proposal (Nelson).
- Nelson reported that he
is reworking the NSF proposal in the light of the reviewers’
comments. He expects to have the
proposal submitted for the round beginning in early June.
Mailing list (Nelson).
- The mailing list was
emailed to reps recently; please update.
Eliminate FERPs; put in new faculty; whatever seems most
Update on 01-02 meetings.
- Humboldt, October 5-6 –
Saturday workshop may be on Census 2000.
- Fresno, February 8-9
- San Bernardino, April
26-27 or May 3-4.
- In Fish Camp, the place
is the Tenaya Lodge, where rooms will be $99 for a single or double. Ed is to send out the info on making
reservations. The number at Tenaya
Lodge is 1-800-635-5807 or (559) 683-6555. From Fresno to the Lodge is just over an hour more or
Information competency (Ross).
- Ross reported that he
had a grant from his campus to develop a program of information competency
for students in Sociology. He is
having an open workshop on 6/1-6/2.
This would produce ideas that one can consider for classroom
use. Some/all of these would go on
the TRD, which he would like to restructure in Summer, 2001.
- Thanks to Ted Lascher
for an excellent student research conference and for being SSRIC chair in
Adjournment for lunch – 11:45 a.m.
on the minutes to Ted Anagnoson, email@example.com.