College of Doctoral Studies
Hinrich Eylers, Vice Provost for the College of Doctoral Studies
Rodney Luster, Sr. Director of Research Strategy, Innovation, and Development, and Committee on Research (COR) Administrator.
Researchers interested in conducting research on or with UOPX samples, topics, or data must submit an application to the Committee on Research (COR). The committee was established in 2009 and the initial mission has remained the same, however, the application process was recently revised in accord with the growth of the University as an institution engaged in applied and online education research, and to accommodate researchers in a better aligned and efficient process.
Below are some accented areas for those new to the COR process and how this component of the college works. Please take a moment to read through some of these highlighted areas to gain a better understanding of what is required if you are interested in conducting research that utilizes any constituents of the university.
Members: The Committee on Research is led by Chair, Dr. Rodney Luster, Director of Research Communications and Chair of the Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research. Committee members include all active University Research Center Chairs and a representative from UOPX legal as needed. Additional internal stakeholders when required, may also asked to provide insight and/or guidance.
Contact: Review the FAQs before emailing. For all other questions regarding COR, email the support inbox at: email@example.com.
In general, UOPX is a subject when we have a targeted sample within our population that matches your study population (e.g., online education undergraduates) or you are examining a research question related to UOPX environments, practices, or classrooms (e.g., how does an online learning tool increase online learning outcomes). We are also interested in research that can contribute insight into to our overall mission and vision.
Sampling sizes differ across research methods and the research methods will guide the needed sampling size. Typically, sample sizes are based on the necessary sample size for your data analysis and we do not assume a 100% response rate. We try to avoid sampling the entire UOPX population that matches your sample in order to reduce oversampling our constituents. The yield as well for such endeavors has proven to be less than adequate so we discourage such requests on the front end. We would however encourage that you work with your site permissions contact to truly identify the sampling parameters that are appropriate and realistic for your study and our constituents.
Conveniences samples are sometimes accepted but keep in mind they are hard to support logistically and raise concerns about generalizability. You must have a clear rationale for selecting UOPX as a sampling site that aligns to your research problem. Although we are a large online university and our constituents are diverse, sometimes a study is more likely to be declined when UOPX becomes the sole data collection site and the sample is not unique to us. In rare cases, a convenience sample might be approved if the research problem and questions have a clear and direct benefit to the University or the study demonstrates exceptional contribution to the field.
An approval from COR demonstrates University of Phoenix’s approval and support of research on the University. It is a prerequisite for most Internal Review Boards’ approval in order to demonstrate site permissions. COR approval must be obtained before data collection or sharing can begin.
Any researcher, internal or external to the University, using the University of Phoenix as a subject (i.e. using UOPX students, faculty, staff, or data) for their research must submit a formal request to the Committee on Research (COR) for approval.
Applications are permissable all year. We encourage all researchers to complete an application as soon as the research questions have been developed and UOPX has been identified as a feasible topic, sampling site, or data source.
If the researcher is internal to UOPX they need to have an accepted COR study plan prior to IRB submission; if external to UOPX it will be at the discretion of the overseeing IRB board for when site permissions need to be submitted.
No, if you are NOT using University of Phoenix students, faculty, staff, or data in your study, you should proceed directly to IRB for study approval.
Secondary data analysis is difficult if you are not staff at the Univerity, due to demands in accessing and cleaning the data. However, there are two options. Review the University Research Centers, identify one that is related to your research area, and contact the center chair. You can also reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can discuss your needs and network to find what is available.
Site permissions identify who at the University can access the data or sample that you need to complete your study, and the process in place to be able to complete the data collection. If UOPX personnel who oversee sample or data decline to participate as a research site, or if you are unable to develop a manageable data collection plan, you will need to redesign your study.
In the past, the study plan was part of a two-step process, but, it is no longer required as part of the review process. However, you should aggregate the necessary materials for your study should it be requested by COR or IRB and have it saved where you can access them easily. Such documents will only serve to inform your application.
Good study plan docments to have on hand:
In addition, depending on the nature of your project, the following documentation should also be kept on hand:
Yes, they are not publicly shared and feedback will be returned. However, several internal stakeholders will review each submission.
Processing usualy takes1-3 weeks, depending on staff demands.
You will receive an automated notice at the email address that you provided in your application.
Following COR approval, research should not begin until the University of Phoenix Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved your study.
Common reasons for denial include mismatch between study needs and UOPX availability, inability to share requested data or gather necessary permissions, concerns about current sampling demands on population of interest, lack of rationale for UOPX or for impact on the literature, the study not being in the best interest of the University, convenience sampling, and a poor/unimproved design.
Poorly designed studies typically result in incomplete applications, poorly written or confusing language, demonstration of a bias and/or uninformed assumptions, a poorly framed topic; omitting important data collection instruments; lack of clear discussion about data privacy and protection; and/or poor alignment within the studies sampling and method design.
If a project is denied by the committee, applicants may still reapply only if recommended by COR based on doable modifications to the application.
COR is simply a potential first gate, as IRB may be required. What an approval from COR does do is to provide the researcher with a review and confirmation that the research population or data is available and the research study is aligned with the University and has been approved from this aspect of the process. A fully approved study is dependent on the researcher(s)' ability to submit a competent, quality application for review and can secure the necessary site permissions.
A COR review examines three key aspects of the study:
Additional Important Details: COR does not manage data collection. The researcher is responsible for working to secure site permissions and contacting the staff who oversee the necessary population sample or data set, who have the right to choose to decline participation in your study.