HLC Self Study
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Intellectual Property Rights

Under the guidance of the District, Estrella Mountain encourages students, faculty and staff to engage in research and grant projects that are integral to fulfilling the mission of student learning and quality instruction. Estrella Mountain takes seriously the responsibility to safeguard those individuals (i.e., students, employees or community members) who may be the participants in research projects, and the College complies with changing federal guidelines for human subjects research.

At Estrella Mountain, the process to review research activities is conducted through the College’s Research Review Committee (CRRC). The CRRC consists of one faculty member and a member from the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, who report in this capacity to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Individuals conducting surveys, interviews, focus groups, or other human subjects research at the College also need approval from the District’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

The Maricopa County Community College District encourages and supports the scholarly endeavors of Estrella Mountain students, faculty and staff. Pursuit of scholarly work and research often involves the use of human subjects for data collection and analysis. The District’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews human subjects research proposals in order to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects used in research studies by District personnel are protected. The IRB is made up of representatives from each of the colleges and the District office, and it meets monthly to review proposals.