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HCC has established a survey protocol for those requesting to survey any population of students or employees of the College.
Effective September 1, 2018
Harford Community College creates and participates in a number of surveys that are intended to collect data involving prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, and staff for administrative, planning, assessment, and reporting purposes. In response to the College’s ongoing commitment to accountability and to serving the needs of its campus and wider community, there continues to be a strong need for these types of surveys. In addition to internal demands for data collected via surveys, there has also been demand for survey data by external groups.
A survey is defined as: a series of questions distributed to a group of people for the purpose of research or analysis.
In an effort to best meet the internal and external demands for survey data, a coordinated approach to the administration of surveys to members of the Harford Community College community is needed.
Purpose of the Protocol
The following are the steps you should take when planning to administer a survey. Note that the first step must be completed by early each fall and spring semester. The next two steps must be done at least one month before you plan to administer the survey.
IR will post on its website and portal channel a schedule of mandated, routine, and other current surveys that are scheduled and will include this information when the call for proposed surveys is sent prior to the start of each term.
The following types of surveys are exempt from the protocol:
Note 1: If your survey falls under any of the above exemptions—
(a) Please notify IR of the population you are surveying, time period, and purpose of your survey.
(b) The IR Office is willing to help with your survey design.
Note 2: IR will not analyze data from any survey that was performed under the above exemptions unless the IR office participated in the design and implementation.
Please note that, unless you meet the exemptions:
Guidelines for Surveying
The IR Office recommends that you consider, review, and follow the principles and guidelines listed below in designing your survey project. We will review the survey application using these guidelines and provide feedback to you within approximately one week of the date your work order was received.
Content and Design of Survey
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