About COR

About COR


All research involving University staff, students, faculty, or data requires Committee on Research (COR) approval prior to Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.

**IMPORTANT- We are in the process of changing application platforms for receiving applications. Our old system Infoready is being decommissioend as of 2.23.2022.

We anticipate our new system (Resolution Applications) to be up and running during the June-August timeframe. It will be a much improved system that allows all COR application data to be put into a faculty member's profile if they are associated with the univerity. In the menatime, we will be using an alternate interim application-MS Forms- to receive applications for COR. You may access the form at the following linkbelow:


Researchers interested in conducting research on or with UOPX samples, topics, or data must submit an application to the Committee on Research. COR was established in 2009, and the initial mission has remained the same, however, the application process was recently revised in acccord with the growth of the University as an institution engaged in applied and online education research, and to accomodate researchers in a better aligned and efficient process. Below are some accented areas for those new to the COR process and how this component of the college works. Please take a moment to read through some of these highlighted areas to gain a better understanding of what is required if you are interested in conducting research that utilizes any constituents of the university.

What is the goal of the Committee on Research?

The goal of the Committee on Research (COR) is to facilitate meaningful, high-quality research with University of Phoenix topics, samples, and/or data in order to further the mission and vision of the University.  In this regard, COR was set up as an accountability component where all researchers, both internal and external, who want to conduct research that requires use of staff, faculty or students of the university, must move through this screening process to ensure permissibility. 

What is the purpose of the Committee on Research?

The University must protect its proprietary information and the privacy of its students, faculty, and employees, as well as manage the frequency in which they are contacted. Therefore, the institution must strategically manage the research being conducted to provide maximum protection for all constituencies.  The Committee on Research serves two primariy purposes that extend this logic:

  1. COR is responsible for the review and approval of any and all research and scholarship, for public dissemination conducted on University of Phoenix students, faculty, staff, or data.  Applications are considered based on accessibility and permissibility of data/sample requested, methodological rigor, and potential for scholarly and pedagogical contribution.  
  2. COR supports meaningful, high-quality research through establishing relationships between the University and researchers.  If a research study is of interest, COR will facilitate connections between our research centers and internal stakeholders.  

Who is required to have Committee on Research approval?

Any researcher, internal or external to the University, using the University of Phoenix as a subject (i.e. using UOPX students, faculty, staff, or data) for their research must have an approval letter from COR before starting data collection if the research activities of an individual or organization fall within any of the following criteria:

  • When the person or group wanting to perform the research has no active affiliation  with the University of Phoenix (e.g. a professional researcher connected to a higher education organization other than UOPX), and/or
  • When the research being pursued falls outside the UOPX person’s  normal scope of responsibility or authority, and/or
  • When the results of the research being pursued will be provided to a person, organization, or audience external to the University and/or when the provision of this information would fall outside standard institutional processes and/or the normal responsibilities for the person or group doing the research.
Research for purposes of this policy is defined as: scholarly and scientific inquiry projects focused upon the collection and analysis of empirical data and facts.
If you are not sure if you need COR approval, you may reach out to us at any time. Studies that do not need COR approval, identified sometimes through our "feasibility review" will receive an exempt letter and researchers will then no longer need to complete the COR process. Pease keep in mind that COR works closely with IRB, and ensuring one process does not gaurantee the other, however, both processes are vital to avoiding future issues and protecting all involved.

Who oversees the Committee on Research?  

Members: The Committee on Research is led by Chair, Dr. Rodney Luster, Director of Research Communications and Chair of the Center for Leadership Studies and Organizational Research.  Committee members include all active University Research Center Chairs and a representative from UOPX legal as needed.  Additional internal stakeholders when required, may also asked to provide insight and/or guidance.    

Contact: Review the FAQs before emailing.  For all other questions regarding COR, email the support inbox at: rodney.luster@phoenix.edu.