Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness (OIPRE)
Dr. Rigo Rincones-Gomez
Vice President for Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness
Director of Research and Assessment
Phone: (904) 470-8261
Fax: (904) 470-8261
Institutional Review Board Members
Dr. Prabir K. Mandal, Chair
Dr. Benjamin Okafor
Dr. Anita Mandal
Ms. Faye Cohen
Dr. Peter Tahsoh
Dr. Seong Yoon
Ms. Cheryl Camardo
Ms. Samantha Betton
Dr. Jyotsna Pradhan
Mr. Marcus Graham
Ms. Charlotte Clark-Rowe
Dr. Paual Merritt
Dr. Nakamuthu Sundaralingam
Dr. Ephraim Murage
Ms. Veralee Milton
Dr. G. Victoria Landrum
Dr. Jacqueline Conley
Ms. Lisa Williams
The Office of Institutional Planning, Research & Effectiveness
OIPRE Mission and Objectives:
The Office of Institutional Planning, Research & Effectiveness (OIPRE) – a department of the President’s Office – provides official institutional statistics, analyses, and research to support and improve management decision-making on campus. In support of this mission, OIPRE:
- provides for the institution’s accountability and compliance reporting to the federal government and related agencies;
- collects, analyzes, and presents executive personnel with information related to critical, institutional decision-making;
- performs strategic analysis and reporting related to planning, assessment, and accreditation, and
- produces analyses and research related to broad, institutional concerns.
The office publishes the EWC Fact Book supplemented by an Institutional Profile which is updated annually to provide quick facts about the college and provides official documentation of student enrollment and other institutional common data sets.
In addition the office is charged with the responsibility of maintaining a web presence for the publication of the institution’s Substantive Change Policy. This policy governs all changes to college academic programs, structure, ownership and classification which are deemed to be substantive changes as defined by SACS. Changes must be developed in keeping with the College’s Substantive Change Policy and approved by SACS prior to implementation.
Directions – Information Requests – Establishing Priority
We in OIPRE would love to respond to all possible data/information questions as they are raised—and immediately. Unfortunately, curiosity and the need for information in an academic/intellectual community expand faster than resources and time available. Further, although generally we would prefer to work on your research project, ongoing background tasks, often relating to compliance reporting, and highly critical for the College, must be completed on schedules not of our own making. Therefore, we review ad hoc requests in light of their apparent priority and importance to the College.
In reviewing requests, we attend to how many persons in the College community are potentially affected by the service, how important is that effect, and what consequences could befall a failure to satisfy the request. These considerations are reviewed in the context of how difficult and time consuming the request is to satisfy, and how critical the request is to the College’s mission.
Alternatively, priority is often established based on prominence of the requester. It may be useful, therefore, to have your request supported by higher authority to garner higher priority in execution. Further, it is often useful to break your request down into specific, quickly serviced tasks.
Following is the general order of the priority of service requests:
1. Federal & State government information demands
2. Board of Trustees requests
3. EWC College Presidential/CEO/EVP requests
4. EWC College Vice Presidential requests
5. EWC College-wide Task Force & Committee Requests
6. EWC College Deans’ requests
7. Department Head, Chair, Director Requests
8. Individual/personal requests
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The mission of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to ensure that human and animal subjects used in research are protected. The IRB is responsible for reviewing and approving all research with human and animal subjects conducted by faculty, staff, and students of Edward Waters College, when performed as part of their work or study at EWC. The IRB reviews proposed studies to ensure that the dignity, rights, privacy, safety, and welfare of all actual and potential research participants are protected; provides reassurance to others that appropriate research activity is being carried out; and examines the method in which informed consent is to be sought.
The IRB meets at least twice a semester on or near these dates: September 1, October 15, November 15, January 10, March 15, and May 15.
November and May meetings serve as “wrap up” meetings for final approval of applications.
Fall: Applications that need to be approved before January 1 should be submitted no later than October 15. Applications submitted less than ten days prior to this meeting date cannot be guaranteed consideration the same semester. Full committee review shall take no less than two weeks. Expedited review may be granted at the discretion of the committee.
Spring: Applications that need to be approved before May 1 should be submitted no later than March 15. Applications submitted less than ten days prior to this meeting date cannot be guaranteed consideration the same semester. Full committee review shall take no less than two weeks. Expedited review may be granted at the discretion of the committee.