- Teaching Resources
- The Council
2005-02-04: Winter 2005
Minutes – SSRIC Winter 2005, Cal Poly SLO
Members present: Lori Weber (Chico), Kanghu Hsu (Dominguez Hills), Nan Chico (East Bay, formerly Hayward; scribe du jour), Ed Nelson (Fresno), Mark Drayse (Fullerton), Steve Stambough (Fullerton), Ted Anagnoson (Los Angeles), Gene Turner (Northridge), John Korey (Pomona), Carole Kennedy (San Diego), Kathy Naff (San Francisco), Rich Taketa (San Jose), Dick Shaffer (SLO), Garry Ralison (San Marcos), Stephen Routh (Stanislaus)
The meeting was called to order by Chair Rich Taketa at . Item #8 was postponed until immediately after lunch.
1. The Fall
2004 minutes were approved [note: web version should
Student Research Conference,
3. SSDB (Social Science Data Bases) Workshops (Rich)
Recent workshops at
4. ICPSR Summer Program (Ted)
We just received information about the 2005 Summer Program at http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog/
Applications are due April 22, the week before the Spring meeting. ICPSR gives us about $3,000 to allocate to CSU faculty applicants; Ted highly recommends the one-week workshops and he can recommend places to stay. He will email us when he has more info about the 2005 program.
5. ICPSR/IMIS Report (Ed)
SIMI and IMIS [and TRD] are acronyms relating to teaching materials for undergraduate social science students. ICPSR has only recently been open to focusing on undergrads, mostly due to prodding by SSRIC and other federated groups.
The SIMI archive now has 54 instructional data sets, and there have been lots of downloads from the site.
You can also show undergrads how to use the DAS (which uses SDA), proving that SSRIC is not alone in odd acronym construction. Currently has 180+ data sets.
ICPSR has requested that SSRIC choose 5-6 additional data sets that they will consider putting into SDA format, so let Ed know if you have a favorite.
We would like to see more submissions to the SIMI site; any suggestions? Perhaps a peer review system that might tie to PTRs?
At the October, 2005 OR meeting (ICPSR) in
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6. ICPSR/OR Meeting (Rich)
ICPSR has 5 slots for our Federation at the biennial OR meeting
They pay travel and provide most meals, ORs or their campuses pay room and some meals. At the Spring meeting Rich will have a list of campuses by eligibility. If you are interested in attending, and we particularly encourage new ORs to go if they can, be prepared to let us know at that meeting. There’s a reception on Thursday evening, and lots of workshops (teaching, data sets, statistical procedures) after that. For new ORs there is an earlier workshop on Thursday which is highly recommended.
A committee has been working on the creation of a survey modeled on the GSS and has also been investigating funding sources and institutional support. There will be a full report at the Spring meeting.
9. Budget 04-05 and 05-06 (Rich)
Next year’s budget is in preparation, and input from SSRIC reps was requested. Ideas included more workshops; more travel funds (to meetings, for workshops, help with ICPSR lodging); software for teleconferencing; purchasing survey software; working on grants; issuing RFPs for using our data and/or teaching materials in the classroom.
10. Executive Committee (Rich)
Rich, as first-time SSRIC chair, suggested that John and Ed serve as an executive committee to work with him on various ideas and issues during the gap between last Spring and Fall (when there were lots of action items). He found the committee idea very useful, and asked John and Ed to continue working with him, which the council thought was a good idea. Future chairs may wish to avail themselves of this process.
Lunch on Campus
8. Updated SSRIC Website at SFSU (Andrew Roderick)
Andrew gave us a handout and a PPT presentation based on the
fact that the SSDBA is gone but we need a homepage for SSRIC that would also
include TRD materials. After a discussion of various scenarios and budget
considerations, we agreed that Andrew’s team will start working on a web site for
us and plan on a start-up budget of up to $10,000. This should work, given a
lower emphasis on data archiving (less complicated back-end software) and a
main emphasis on teaching materials. For examples of websites designed by the
Conference Call with Glenda Morgan, Chancellor’s Office
We had a lot of questions, and Glenda will check with the appropriate budget folks and get back to us with answers. 1) Can we offer a rebate to campuses since we collected approximately $15,000 more than we need from campuses? She suggested we email her a proposal, which she will take to appropriate person. The Executive Committee was instructed to carry through on this. 2) Can we have some budget $$ in a Foundation account so that we can pay for food for the Student Research Conferences? 3) How do we pay Andrew, ¼ ¼ ¼ ¼ or something easier? She says he looks honest, so ½ up front and the rest later should be fine. Glenda had a question for us, which most of us couldn’t answer – who on your campus is using SAS? Get back to her on this if you know someone who is. Also, even though the price for SPSS went up, we are not in danger yet. But stay tuned.
11. Election of New Chair (All)
Ed nominated Mike Reibel, who was not present. Let that be a lesson to non-attendees. Mike fortunately knew about this ahead of time, and after reading his CV we voted unanimously to elect him as our 2005-2006 Chair. The last line of his CV was most convincing: under Hobbies, he mentioned “Preparing mouthwatering cold smoked barbecue.” We asked if he could bring some to the Fall meeting. :-)
12. By-law Changes (John)
After an inquiry into who belongs to “north” and who belongs to “south” campuses, we unanimously agreed to eliminate such geographically challenging considerations in appointing members to the Field Committee. We also removed term limitation language.
We also decided we need to clarify what a “majority” of the members really means. [Note: see Spring 2005 minutes for clarification.]
13. Field Committee Report (Ed)
The Committee recommended Charles Gossett (
We don’t yet know if there will be a position for a student
intern, but we do have someone who is interested, Helay Niazi from
Next year’s Field Committee will consist of Ed, Dick, and Steve (Stambough).
Mark DiCamillo asked us to come up with a date for the Field Workshop, which he plans for some Friday in Fall. But not 10/21, since that would coincide with the ICPSR meeting.
The Field 2004 data is at the UCB site, and everyone should try to download it. If you can’t, you need to make sure your browser is set for passive FTP (contact Ed if you have a problem).
14. ICPSR New Fee Structure (All)
The new fees are based on the Carnegie designation, not campus size (ask Rich for a handout if you didn’t get one yet). For many campuses, fees will be $5,200 from 2007 through 2011. After that, possibly a 3% increase each year. Rich is going to ask ICPSR if there will be other increases through 2011 and also if the sudden jump for Federated membership discounts from our current 45% to future 20% can be transitioned over time. (Note: We found out that there will not be a 3% cost of living increase during the transition period from 2007 through 2011.) We also need to think about who will get the usage report (Andrew would be a good choice, if SFSU is designated as our hub).
Many thanks to Dick Shaffer, our cordial host for the business meeting and workshop!