Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions and Answers

The Research

  • Q: What is the purpose of the project? A: The purpose of the project is to learn more about the academic experiences (e.g., academic satisfaction, course completion) of students with diagnosed print-related disabilities (i.e., cognitive, sensory or mobility).
  • Q: What is the project called? A: Project 31: Academic Experiences of Students with Print-Related Disabilities in Minority-Serving Institutions. The dropout rate for students with disabilities across postsecondary schools is 31%, according to a report from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). It is hoped that this research will contribute knowledge that will lead to the reduction of that number.
  • Q: What is the actual start date for the research? A: September 1, 2016, is the official start date, although institutions have varying academic schedules.
  • Q: How will research data be collected? A: Data collection methods are as follows:

(1) Student demographic information will be supplied by the student through the C-Port software that CAMI will provide. (2) Students will complete their first survey during Fall Semester/Quarter 2016. (3) Students will complete a survey at the end of each semester/quarter (excluding Summer Semester/Quarter) over the next three years (unless they leave the institution earlier). (4) Students may be invited to participate in a focus group discussion at the start of the research project and towards the end of each academic year over the course of the project.

  • Q: After data is collected, how will confidentiality/ protected? A: The contractual agreement between the participating institution and Georgia Tech specifies that the availability, security and backup of all data will be managed by Georgia Tech OIT Web Hosting Georgia Tech Data Center, and protected through data encryption.
  • Q: What are the expected benefits of the research? A: Students may benefit from information about factors that facilitate academic success and retention for minority students with disabilities at higher education institutions. The research findings may guide intervention efforts aimed at enhancing retention of under-represented student groups.
  • Q: What other institutions are participating? A: CAMI cannot disclose the names of participating institutions during the research.
  • Q: Can an institution drop out of the study before it ends? A: Yes, an institution is free to withdraw from participation at any time, as are individual students.
  • Q: What happens if the project is extended? A: An extension (probably one year) would benefit the research by permitting the collection of more information about student progress. If this is granted, services and compensation would continue as previously established.

Student Participation

  • Q: Who determines a student’s eligibility for participation? A: Students must have a print-related disability. A person with a print-related disability is one who cannot effectively read print because of a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning disability. The institution determines that based on its own policies.
  • Q: What’s involved in participating in the project? A: Students will be asked to complete online questionnaires approximately twice per year about their academic life and experiences. Students must give permission to collect their grades and the number of credits they earn at the end of each term. These will be used in the study without names.
  • Q: Will any of the surveys or questions require individuals to divulge protected health information? A: No protected health information will be collected. All information collected is protected under FERPA.
  • Q: What are the benefits to the student for participation? A: All students enrolled in the CAMI project will be paid nominal amounts for participating in research activities such as taking surveys through the grant term. Students will also be contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge about the academic experiences of students with print-related disabilities.
  • Q: Does it cost the student to participate? A: No, all expenses are covered by CAMI. Students get paid for participation in research activities.
  • Q: How much and when do students get paid for participating in research activities? A: Students are paid $25 per activity (survey, focus group or student profile). Payments are issued approximately 30 days after the student completes each activity.
  • Q: How do students sign up to participate? A: The disability service coordinator can assist students in enrolling in the study.
  • Q: When do students start? The student part of the grant starts in Fall 2016.
  • Q: How long is the grant? A: The student part of the project begins Fall 2016 and lasts through Summer 2018. However, the goal is to extend the grant for one or two years to track completion of student programs.
  • Q: What is the deadline for students to join the research project? A: Students must enroll in the study by December 2016.
  • Q: Can a student drop out of the research project? A: Yes, a student may leave the project at any time.
  • Q: Can students tell friends and family about participation in the project? A: Yes.
  • Q: How will confidentiality be protected? A: A unique identifier will be assigned to each research participant for tracking purposes. CAMI will remove student names from all research data and only de-identified data will be provided to the research team. All research data will be reported in aggregate.
  • Q: What happens to the student data when the project ends? A: After data analysis, the findings will be reported to the U.S. Dept. of Education and research articles may be published that review the findings. No individual participant will be identified. After the study is complete (by April 2021), all identifying information will be deleted.
  • Q: How will all this information be used? A: The data collected from the grant will be analyzed, reported to the U.S. Department of Education, and published in the hope that it will help students with print-related disabilities, and assist post-secondary institutions in providing better services to students.
  • Q: Is there someone students can talk to if they have questions? A: If students would like to learn more information about this study, they can contact Irina Nikivincze at Georgia Tech, AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center by email at in12@gatech.edu or by phone at 404.894.8000, or visit the CAMI website at http://cami.gatech.edu/

Confidentiality and Data Security

  • Q: Please provide more information about the kind of data that is being collected and who will store the data after it is collected. A: Students will provide demographic data through C-Port. The CAMI Disability Coordinator will collect class schedules, credits earned and grades for the research period. Georgia Tech will store the data, but no information that will identify an individual institution or student by name will be stored. After data analysis, each participating institution will have access to the aggregate research results. Data, exclusive of the research data, will be exported and provided to the institution, should the institution choose to discontinue use of C-Port. Participating institutions also have the ability to extract their own data, exclusive of the research data, directly from C-Port at any time. Upon completion of data analysis, data specific to an institution will be deleted. Only aggregate data will remain on Georgia Tech storage servers.
  • Q: Will any names be released or published? A: No, all student participation information will be kept confidential.
  • Q: How will confidentiality be protected? A: A unique identifier will be assigned to each research participant for tracking purposes. CAMI will remove student names from all research data and only de-identified data will be provided to the research team. All research data will be reported in aggregate.
  • Q: After data is collected, how will confidentiality be protected? A: The contractual agreement for C-Port, the data collection tool used to enter and store research-related data, specifies that the data availability, security and backup of all data will be managed by Georgia Tech OIT Web Hosting Georgia Tech Data Center. Georgia Tech Research Corporation agrees to protect data at rest (storage on hard drives) through data encryption and during transit via standards commonly used by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for similar data.
  • Q: What is date for destruction/return of research data? A: After the study is complete (by April 2021), all identifying information will be deleted.
  • Q: What happens to the student data when the project ends? A: After data analysis, the findings will be reported to the U.S. Dept. of Education and research articles may be published that review the findings. No individual participant will be identified.
  • Q: How will all this information be used? A: The data collected from the grant will be analyzed, reported to the U.S. Department of Education, and published in the hope that it will help students with print-related disabilities, and assist post-secondary institutions in providing better services to students.
  • Q: Will there be a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that details the safety of the data? A: There is a MOU that can be found in the C-Port portion of the (institutional) CAMI Application Agreement.