Social Sciences Research and Instructional Council (SSRIC) California State University
33rd Annual Report
Richard Taketa (
The Social Science Research and Instructional Council is the oldest of the disciplinary councils in the
The Council develops and coordinates programs to extend the quantitative skills of faculty and students by
- providing a forum for sharing information about social science data and computer products;
- initiating and conducting training programs;
- recommending computerized social science projects in the CSU curriculum;
- encouraging the collection and distribution of social science data and computer-related instructional and research materials;
- supporting CSU’s membership in the ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan) and the CSU’s on-going relationship with The Field Institute (San Francisco), one of the two major polling organizations in California;
- advising CSU administrators on policies related to providing quantitative social science data for research and instruction; providing instructional workshops, maintain a user-friendly web site for access to SSRIC instructional materials, and to make available to students and faculty a wide variety of social science data bases.
This year represents the culmination of a major transition for the SSRIC that began in 2003 under the leadership of Richard Shaffer (
At its Spring 2004 business meeting, the Council created an executive committee to assist the incoming chair, Richard Taketa, in managing this transition and meeting the schedule for the
- Fall October 29-30
- Winter February 4-5
San Luis Obispo
- Spring April 28-29
(Student Research Conference) Fresno
Social Science Data Bases
SSRIC worked directly with Glenda Morgan and Gerry Hanley at the Chancellor’s Office to develop the new Social Science Data Bases (SSDB) subscription program. This involved developing a budget to support the data bases and to support SSRIC activities that had formerly been provided through SSDBA. Glenda worked closely with us to maximize the number of subscribing campuses. This effort resulted in having 17 campuses subscribe to the new SSDB, up from the 15 who had subscribed to SSDBA in its last two years.
As part of the SSDB program, SSRIC worked with the Chancellor’s Office in developing an agreement with UCData at UC Berkeley to host the Field Poll data sets. UCData already provides this service to
SSRIC has been instrumental in assisting CSU campuses in transitioning to ICPSR Direct. Faculty, staff, and students may now directly search and download data from the ICPSR archives using their campus workstations and, for those with appropriate proxy servers, using their home computers.
Edward Nelson at CSU Fresno is temporarily handling requests for data sets from the
In support of the new database access mechanisms, the SSRIC executive committee developed a workshop on the use of the social science databases. Workshops were given at six CSU campuses in 2004-05 (
ICPSR and Field
The Council allocated $1250 to Professor Dingkun Ge (
The Council selected Professor Charles Gossett (
Student Research Conference
The Twenty-Ninth Annual SSRIC Student Research Conference was held at CSU Fresno on April 28. 30 students from 15 campuses presented papers. The Charles McCall Award for the best undergraduate paper went to Miho Iwata (
SSRIC Web Site
With the closing of the SSDBA, where the SSRIC Web site had been hosted, the site was temporarily moved to Cal Poly Pomona and supported by John Korey.
A committee headed by John Korey worked out an agreement with the information technology staff at the
The committee is reviewing alternate site designs with the goal of having the site up for the 2005-06 academic year.
The 2004-05 academic year also saw major changes in representation on the SSRIC. We have new representatives from
The Council also nominated Ed Nelson (
The Chair for 2005-06 will be Professor Michael Reibel from CalPoly Pomona.
The Council is planning additional SSDB workshops for the 2005-06 academic year. Campuses who have already expressed interest include
2005-06 SSRIC Meetings
- Fall TBD
- Winter February 10-11
- Student May 5-6 Northridge (Student Research Conference)
ICPSR Biennial Meeting
The biennial ICPSR meeting is scheduled for October, 2005. Ed Nelson (CSU Fresno) will be attending as a member of the Instructional Materials and Information Subcommittee (IMIS), and John Korey will be among the presenters at one of the instructional panels. We are planning to send five council members to attend, including Chair Mike Reibel.