Campus: San Josť State University -- May 15, 2001

San Josť State University Creates New Survey And Policy Research Institute

San Josť State University has created the Survey and Policy Research Institute, a new center designed to engage the universityís academic resources in public opinion and applied research for business, government and civic organizations.

"The institute will offer a strong link between the university, industry and institutions throughout Silicon Valley and beyond by providing research data, policy evaluation and analysis in a timely fashion," said Marshall Goodman, SJSUís provost and vice president of academic affairs.

"The strength of the university is in our broad, interdisciplinary access to information, and in the quality of the research from faculty, from adjunct professors, from graduate and undergraduate students," Goodman said.

The institute will support quality student training in the field of survey analysis, research design, quantitative and qualitative analysis, data interpretation and report generation. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to take courses in computing technology, software usage, programming and data analysis. The institute will also fund faculty research projects. The program is expected to be up and running by this fall.

State-of-the-art instructional technology

To support the educational mission of the institute, the College of Social Science is developing a new minor and certificate program in survey research. Plans are underway for a survey research classroom, which will have the latest instructional technology, including an audience response system, an Internet interviewing system, and 20 computer-assisted telephone interviewing stations. These stations will be used extensively to conduct rapid turnaround surveys on public policy issues.

Not only will these facilities be an invaluable resource in classroom instruction, they will also provide a state-of-the-art laboratory for faculty and for students doing research in the universityís honors and graduate programs.

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