California State University Social Science Research and Instructional Center
- Founded in 1972, the Social Science
Research and Instructional Council (SSRIC) is the oldest discipline
council in the CSU.
- The Council’s mission is to foster quantitative
social science inquiry by students and faculty. Each CSU campus is
entitled to appoint a representative to the Council, which meets three
times each year.
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State University, Long Beach subscribes to the CSU Social Science
Research and Instructional Center (SSRIC). It is an annual subscription
coordinated by Academic Technology Services. The center is managed
by the Social Science Research and Instructional Council, which consists
of faculty and staff representatives from the CSU campuses. It
provides online databases to download for secondary analysis, technical
support and classroom teaching modules in the social sciences. Faculty,
staff and students are eligible to use this online resource.
||Visit the SSRIC website to learn about its databases and features.
The original focus of the Council was
to oversee the CSU’s membership in the Inter-university Consortium for
Political and Social Research (ICPSR), which was and remains the world’s
premier social science data archive. Today, in addition to the ICPSR,
the Council oversees CSU licensing agreements with The Field Institute
(which conducts the California Poll), and the Roper Center for Opinion
The Council provides a number of value-added services. These include:
- Workshops for faculty, presented by
Council members. Currently, workshops are available on the use of data
bases and on SPSS (a statistical software package) at both the
introductory and intermediate levels.
- An annual Student Research
Conference at which both undergraduate and graduate students present
their work in a setting patterned after that of a professional
conference. The 36th annual Student Research Conference was held at San Jose State in 2011.
- Assistance to faculty and advanced graduate students wishing to attend the ICPSR Summer Program
- Selection of faculty research proposals to include questions on the CA Poll.
- Participation in the governance of
the ICPSR. Over the years, four SSRIC representatives have served on the
ICPSR’s Council. SSRIC representatives also participate at the ICPSR’s
biennial Official Representatives (OR’s) meeting. Ed Nelson (Fresno)
was recently selected for an ICPSR Flanigan Award in recognition of his
contributions as an OR. Lori Weber (Chico) was selected as an OR
Sabbatical fellowship at the ICPSR headquarters in Ann Arbor Michigan
for the summer of 2006.
- The Teaching Resources Depository
(TRD). The TRD includes instructional modules and exercises, an SPSS
tutorial, a Website for introductory research methods courses in
political science, and various other curricular materials.
- A Website (www.ssric.org) providing visitors with information on these programs and activities.
The Council plans to build on these successes with new initiatives, including:
- Sponsorship of additional materials for the TRD, including awards of honoraria to faculty producing new instructional modules.
- Acquisition of a license to create instructional databases in DSA (Survey documentation and Analysis) format.
Please submit questions, problems or suggestions
regarding the Social Science Research and Instructional Council Specialty Center license.