Institutional Review Board (IRB) by uIjyV4i


									                                       Institutional Review Board (IRB)
                                             Report to the Faculty

The major work of the IRB is to review faculty, student and staff proposals for research involving human
participants. We reviewed 16 proposals during summer 2011 (11 from students and five from faculty
members), 54 proposals during fall 2011 (47 from students, two from staff members, and five from faculty
members), and 36 proposals during spring 2012 (34 from students and two from faculty members). We also
reviewed 32 venture grant-related IRB proposals during the year. The table below summarizes those IRB
proposals received from students in 2011-2012.

                Table: 2011-2012 IRB Proposals from Students by Department and Semester*

          Department/Program                    Summer 2011       Fall 2011    Spring 2012        Total

          Sociology                                   2               12           13             27
          Psychology                                  2               18            3             23
          Economics/Business                          1               9             9             19
          Environmental Program                       1               0             2              3
          Education                                   0                1            1              2
          Political Science                           0                0            2              2
          Southwest Studies                           1                0            1              2
          Anthropology                                1               0             1              1
          Feminist & Gender Studies                   0               1             0              1
          Music                                       0               1             0              1
          Race and Ethnic Studies                     1               0             0              1
          Religion                                    0               0             1              1
          Other                                       0               1             1              2

          Department/Program Total:                   7               43           34             85

          Other Proposal Sources

          Venture Grants                              0               14           18             32
          Other Sources                               4                4            0              8
          Other Sources Total:                        4               18           18             40

          Total Student Proposals:                    11              61           52             125

* The IRB also handled 87 miscellaneous requests and issues and reviewed and granted exemption to research projects
by 15 Masters of Arts in Teaching students during the year.

We have also carried out the following work during the 2011-2012 academic year:
 Attended an ACM IRB workshop and developed preliminary plans for a significant revamping of our
   IRB process, especially related to study abroad (subject to a larger campus discussion);
 Significantly improved the IRB homepage;
 Created and posted the 2012-2011 Report to the Faculty; and
 Conducted two IRB training sessions for the Research Methods course in the Department of Economics
   and Business.

Beyond continuing to review proposals over the current year, our goals include the following:
 Develop additional IRB consent forms for different situations;
 Engage in substantial training through PRIMR membership, personal purchase (on the part of the Chair)
   of several new IRB books, and chair attendance at an important IRB training conference;
   Potentially develop a Colorado Springs IRB Consortium working primarily with USAFA;
   Work with USAFA on the possibility of having their IACUC oversee our animal research and, if not,
    begin the work of developing our own IACUC;
    Prepare for an IRB external review, to take place within the next couple of years;
   Work with professors to build in more classroom-based IRB education;
   Improve the IRB-Venture Grant process;
   Develop an IRB thesis timeline for relevant departmental handbooks;
   Further consider developing an IRB FAQ page and take preliminary steps toward this;
   Follow up on Responsible Conduct of Research plan with grants office;
   Discuss whether to implement (and possibly implement) a campus-wide voluntary subject pool;
   Improve record-keeping practices if possible;
   Inquire into whether there needs to be any improvement in the MAT exemption process in terms of
    approval from school principals; and
   Continue to improve the IRB website as necessary.

Our long-term goal remains in place: Ultimately, we want to bring CC human participants research into full
legal compliance while placing the minimal possible burden on faculty. We also hope that the IRB can
eventually be perceived as a source of support and education in the best liberal arts tradition, and not merely
as a hoop to jump through.

We invite all students, faculty members and staff members carrying out human participants research to
contact Amanda Udis-Kessler,, to find out whether your research requires
IRB approval and how we can help you obtain that approval. In many cases, research is actually exempt
from review; we can help you plan projects that are likely to be exempt. We also invite you to review the
introductory documents on the IRB’s home webpage ( to
determine whether your research project needs IRB review.

Jonathan Driscoll
Walt Hecox
Eric Perramond
Wilbur Scott (USAFA)
Amanda Udis-Kessler, chair

P.S. Please note that earlier reports are available from Amanda upon request.


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