2010-10-01: Fall 2010

SSRIC Fall Meeting Minutes

CSU Sacramento

October 1, 2010

Present (8): Gregory Bohr
(San Luis Obispo), Ed Nelson (Fresno), Stephen Routh (Stanislaus),
Matt Mutchler (Dominguez Hills), Francis Neely (San
Francisco), Ellen Berg (Sacramento), Josh Meisel
(Humboldt), Richard Taketa
(San Jose)

 

Present via class=SpellE>Elluminate (11): Ali Modarres (Los
Angeles), Billy Wagner (Channel Islands), Gene Turner (Northridge), Melissa class=SpellE>Tamas (Monterey Bay), Kenneth Shultz (San class=SpellE>Bernadino), Kristin Bates (San Marcos), Matt Jarvis
(Fullerton), Stafford Cox (Long Beach), Sandra Emerson (Pomona), John Korey (Pomona), Mike Reibel (Pomona)

 

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Announcements:

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Greg raised issue of using restricted ICPSR
datasets if faculty member does not meet ICSPR qualifications. There is a SFSU
faculty member dealing with this issue and style='mso-spacerun:yes'> ICPSR is addressing it.

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If faculty need letters
for their personnel files acknowledging their past service with SSRIC, they
should contact Ellen.

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SSRIC Roster Update (John):

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A corrected roster to be distributed and any
additional changes will be made.

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Email list (Ed):

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It is important that SSRIC reps maintain lists
and ensure accuracy of email addresses to prevent bouncebacks.

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It was suggested that there remains a problem
with SSRIC mail including attachments not going through. Problem was corrected.
Fullerton reports that spam filter is blocking SSRIC mailings. Andrew suggested
campus IT should “whitelist” SSRIC mailings. Header
information can be provided by having campus IT representative contact Andrew.
Matt also reported difficulty at Fullerton using attachment feature on SSRIC
website. Andrew indicated that the problem should have been addressed. A test
mailing (including an attachment) during the meeting confirmed that the problem
has been addressed.

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It is also important that campus reps add
faculty to lists so that they receive SSRIC correspondence. Ed demonstrated how
to access SSRIC campus representative resources on the SSRIC website. Ed will
also provide Matt, Frances, and Melissa with campus access to SSRIC list.
Stafford raised the question of whether it is possible to import a list of
users and email addresses into SSRIC distribution list. John responded that
there is not currently such functionality.

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John reminded group that it is important to
indicate in messages whether mail is going to long list (all addresses on SSRIC
list) or campus representatives only.

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Question was raised about how to best notify new
faculty about SSRIC.

Action: Greg will follow up with
Chancellor’s Office (Jerry Handley) about a system wide email message going out
to campuses concerning SSRIC.

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Andrew’s Report:

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The SSRIC site has been relocated to a different
server and the mailer part of the website is being tested.

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Website issues should be brought to John’s
attention initially who will then contact Andrew as needed.

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Academic technology at SFSU has provided
training and support in making instructional materials (modules/exercises area)
available online using different technologies. Ed’s exercises from Critical
Thinking course to be moved over to DIVA. Andrew suggested breaking up written
narratives “screen casts.” He suggested it is important to think about how training
materials can be transformed into an online consumable format. style='mso-spacerun:yes'>  Also important for SSRIC to think about
strategies to best make training materials available in online environment.
Screen capture software should be easy to use, work across platforms, and be
free if not inexpensive.

Action: Andrew will be ready to
provide training in 3-6 months.

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Data base subscription status (Greg)

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LA and San Marcos have not yet submitted
paperwork. So 20 of 22 campuses who are expected to commit have responded
affirmatively.

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Kristen (San Marcos) confirmed with Evelyn
Stevens (college budget contact) that SSRIC subscription renewal is in San
Marcos budget.

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Greg reported that many campuses were not aware
of how to renew. The commitment form is only a few years old. When campuses
sign form, they are making commitment to renew but funds are not transferred at
that time.

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Ellen raised issue of some campuses wanting to
renew subscriptions early to June in order to use “leftover” funds. Campuses
cannot “prepay” for subscriptions using prior fiscal year funds. Ellen
suggested that we explore changing payment schedule so that SSRIC subscription
year is changed from June to July. Campuses would then have option of committed
end of FY funds to subscription renewal.

Action: Greg to explore with CO
whether we can change renewal commitment schedule.

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Roper Center Assign Campus Contacts (Greg)

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Lois from Roper Center is looking for individual
campus contacts concerning campus connection technical issues.

Action: Greg will follow-up with her
to determine what sort of technical issues have emerged in the past.

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SSRIC Budget

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Funding for student research conference remains
intact and is protected per the Chancellor’s Office

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The cost of the Roper subscription increased from
$13,000 in 2009-10 to $19,500 in 2010-11. It is not expected to increase next
year. ICPSR costs have gradually increased.

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When the state budget situation improves, there
might be an opportunity to renegotiate the Chancellor’s Office contribution.

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Most all representatives present did not report
any campus resistance to increased SSRIC subscription costs. Kristin reported
that there was a push at San Marcos last year to cut SSRIC subscription funding
though the proposed cut was unrelated to increased subscription costs.

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In order to increase usage and campus access,
libraries should provide links in database lists to SSRIC databases. It is
important that such links identify the SSRIC campus contact for data access
related issues.

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Restoration of travel funding and other funding
areas will be revisited at a later meeting.

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Annual/Utilization Report (Greg)

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Despite a smaller budget for SSRIC, there has
been a massive increase in utilization of ICPSR datasets from 2008-09 to 2009-10.

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John pointed out that usage statistics are
misleading. Since faculty make available to students previously downloaded datasets,
the statistics don’t reflect actual usage of data as much as initial access.

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It is also unclear how many data sets are
downloaded from SSRIC website (e.g., General Social Survey).

Action: Greg will ask Andrew if there is a way to
track downloads from SSRIC website.

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It is important that more faculty are made aware
of all three different datasets (and importance of increasing utilization), the
student research conference, and SSRIC resources. Action: All campus
representatives should send out SSRIC introductory email to campus lists once
lists are updated. Campus representatives should also ask faculty about usage
of downloaded files in classrooms given that utilization statistics don’t
measure actual data use.

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CSU San Bernardino was reluctant to renew last
year because utilization was low. Ken responded by providing workshops and
utilization increased.

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Strong participation in student research
conference with 33 presentations and 37 students attending.

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 (Re)appoint
ICPSR Czar

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Greg is ICPSR summer program liaison.

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ICPSR has supported one tuition waiver for a
summer workshop (regardless of program length). Application is competitive
based on benefit to system and merits of individual application (not length of
workshop). Priority given to faculty over graduate students.

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Workshops (Ed and John)

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Given budget cuts, SSRIC has had to explore
other strategies for delivering workshops. One option includes videotaping
workshops and uploading files to Diva. Ed has recorded a narrated class=SpellE>powerpoint introduction to SSRIC.
This is available on the SSRIC website. John is working with Mike to obtain NSF
funding to record training workshops.

Action: Greg and Mike will
contact Elizabeth Ambos in CO about funding to develop workshop videos.

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John asked where should workshop materials be class=GramE>archived? One possibility is to store on SSRIC site. Another
option is to archive materials on DIVA with links from SSRIC site. Andrew
suggested that a cover page be provided (Ed’s Critical Thinking course exercise
was provided as example) on DIVA.

 

style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>2010-11 style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>SSRIC Workshops

Scheduled

Fresno style='mso-tab-count:2'>                  November 1 style='mso-tab-count:1'>       Data in the Classroom (John and Ed)

Fullerton style='mso-tab-count:1'>             

Humboldt style='mso-tab-count:1'>            May 6                    Data in the Classroom/Introduction to SPSS (2
half day workshops)

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Completed

Fresno style='mso-tab-count:1'>  September 23   Teaching
with Data (Ed)

 

To be Scheduled

Dominguez
Hills                                Using
Data in the Classroom (with Long Beach?)                ?

Fullerton style='mso-tab-count:2'>                              Teaching with Data style='mso-tab-count:1'>                          ?

Long
Beach                         Databases
and the classroom     ?

Northridge style='mso-tab-count:2'>                          ? style='mso-tab-count:3'>                                              style='mso-tab-count:1'>                Spring

San Jose style='mso-tab-count:2'>                               Databases style='mso-tab-count:2'>                           style='mso-tab-count:1'>                Fall

San
Luis Obispo                 Data in the
Classroom                    ?

Stanislaus style='mso-tab-count:2'>                            SPSS and Databases style='mso-tab-count:1'>                        ?

 

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Sustaining the Social Science Research Center
(John and Ed)

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John and Ed are both retiring. SSRIC needs to
think about transitioning responsibilities of maintaining website to other
SSRIC members. This requires knowledge of html.

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Greg volunteered to assume webmaster role.

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Stafford and Ed willing to help out moving
instructional materials over to DIVA. Greg is also interested in getting
training in the use of screen capturing software.

 

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Field Committee Report (Ed)

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Field has eliminated question credits and
honorarium and will no longer be hosting Field workshop this year.

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There will be an RFP for faculty fellow
distributed April 15, 2011.

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Student Research Conference (Rich)

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Rich asked for suggestions for conference
speaker. Ed suggested Mark Baldassare from Public
Policy Institute of California. Other suggestions included someone from ICSPR (contact
Lori) or Mark DiCamillio from the Field Poll. Don class=SpellE>Dillman (WSU) was also a potential speaker.

Action:
Rich will identify speaker funding sources at San Jose State and contact
speakers.

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Teaching with Data (Ed)

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Ed is member of advisory group for ICPSR
initiative. Fresno is participating in pilot group. Goal is to provide faculty
with resources to bring data into the classroom. Project partners include ICPSR
and Bill Frye’s group (SSRN?). More information can be found at
www.teachingwithdata.org

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Online Survey Tool Collaboration Possibilities

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Chancellor’s office has not approached any
online survey software provider about a system wide license.

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Several tools available: Survey Monkey, Survey
Gizmo, Flash Light, and Qualtric, among others.

Action:
Stafford will design a short questionnaire asking SSRIC campus reps about their
use of and interest in a web survey tool. Ed will
distribute the survey.

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Dates for Winter Meeting and Student Research
Conference

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Winter Meeting to be held February 4, 2011 at
CSU Channel Islands (Billy Wanger)

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Spring Meeting to be held April 29-30, 2011 at
San Jose State (Rich). The student conference will be held April 29 and the
business meeting will be held April 30.

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Upcoming Session at PSA (Josh)

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Josh invited SSRIC members to participate in a
session he is organizing for the Pacific Sociological conference taking place
in Seattle in March 2011.

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Submission deadline is October 15, 2010 (contact
Josh if submission will be late). Interested faculty should use online
submission site at href="http://www.meetingsavvy.com/psa/presentationproposal.aspx">http://www.meetingsavvy.com/psa/presentationproposal.aspx

 

 

Minutes:

Josh Meisel