Doing Research: Collaborative Opportunities with Institutional Research

The UCCS Office of Institutional Research is seeking research collaborators to help us investigate pressing issues on our campus to improve our campus operations, enhance our culture with data-informed decision-making, and contribute towards our research and creative excellence.

Purpose. The purpose is to fund UCCS students, faculty, and/or staff to complete a research project with the Institutional Research Office. We intend to provide opportunities to support colleagues and students whose academic interests coincide with institutional research and campus priorities. 

Specifications. The duration of the project is to be at least three months and no more than nine months on a part-time basis not to exceed 20% of one's time. The positions will be at-will and likely to be Student Assistants (undergraduate), Professional Research Assistants (graduate level), and/or Research Associates (with a PhD). The positions will not be eligible for benefits. The amount of pay will be negotiated and based on the percent of time among other factors and should not exceed approximately $3200 for students or $10,000 for faculty/staff. Students should refer to the Student Employment Office for more details (hourly pay ranges from $12 to $25). Students may be eligible for work-study.

For Credit Option. The project may qualify for academic credit as an internship under the sponsorship of a faculty member. In the case of a for-credit internship, the faculty member will be responsible for developing the course materials and evaluating the students' progress. Students pursuing this option will be doing double-duty; the student employment position will be in Institutional Research while the for-credit coursework will be in the respective academic department. 

Priorities. Proposals will be evaluated by the Office of Institutional Research. Proposals that (a) clearly contribute to institutional research priorities or topics,  (b) rely on existing "IR" data, (c) benefit the campus as a whole, (c) and include a student-faculty partnership will be prioritized. Projects that include qualitative research are strongly encouraged. We will work with applicants to refine ideas into research designs.

Resources. The Office of Institutional Research will provide pay to the researcher or funding to the researcher's home department, a desk and computer within our existing office space, use of existing software and potential purchase of new software, and broad support for research design, data collection, data transformation/structuring and interpretation, data analysis, and the like. We do not intend to provide access to campus systems yet will provide data, advice, and expertise. The face-to-face support provided by IR is unlikely to exceed four hours per week and may be minimal during peak reporting periods (October, November, February, and March). 

Expectations. We expect to use the outcome of the project indefinitely, with potential internal and external audiences, and will post a final outcome to our website. Researchers who want to apply the project or a variation of it to academic pursuits such as presenting or publishing will be encouraged to do so after discussing it with IR and Sponsored Programs to ensure compliance with ethical research practices and policies. All research collaborators must complete the CU:FERPA training course in Skillsoft prior to the first day of work. After evaluating this application and proposal, we will work together to develop a specific Memorandum-of-Understanding that details the roles and expectations of the job and our collaboration. We also expect a large amount of patience as we develop and adjust procedures on-the-fly to enable our collaboration.

The application includes a list of topic areas to consider. If you have ideas and would like to chat about them prior to submitting an application, by all means, please stop by our office or schedule a time to talk.

Please apply via survey: Collaborative Research Application

Potential Topic Areas:
* Student retention and persistence
* College readiness
* College affordability
* Student destinations (after graduating)
* "Non-traditional" student experiences
* Prospect development (e.g. student recruitment)
* Extra- and co-curricular experiences
* Student diversity
* Pedagogical research, especially vis-a-vis student engagement
* Academic program demand
* Faculty productivity/workloads
* Faculty diversity
* Tableau visualizations
* Mapping (GIS)
* Economic impact studies
* Student/employee wellness
* Survey research