COR Review Process

COR Review Process


The COR process consists of three parts: a feasibility review,  a study plan, and study progress reports.  Researchers, including student dissertation studies, are encouraged to work with a University Research Center at any point, from developing their prospectus to their data collection.  Examples of University Research Center support include, but is not limited to, being a fellowship or project associated with a center or group, helping develop a research team, providing a peer-review of the study plan, or providing a letter of support. 

Make sure to review the FAQs; questions highlighted in yellow are particularly of interest to UOPX doctoral students.  

Feasibility Review

In part 1, researchers who are interested in using the University of Phoenix as a sampling site or data set must submit a one-page study prospectus for a feasibility review by the Committee on Research Chair or co-chairs.  The feasibility review has two, separate goals:

  1. Provide guidance on the perceived success of the study in accessing the sample or data set and the research questions being of interest to the University.
  2. Provide guidance to the researcher for locating support to develop or align their research project to current research projects or labs in the University Research Centers or colleges/schools.  Emerging researchers, particularly UOPX doctoral students who are developing a dissertation topic, are encouraged to use this resource.

Review the FAQs and familiarize yourself with the application and types of eligible studies before submitting.  A feasibility feedback letter does not guarantee that your research will be successful in securing full approval. It simply provides the researcher with an initial review that the research population or data is available and the research study is aligned with the University. A fully approved study is dependent on the researcher(s)' ability to submit a competent, quality study plan and secure site permissions.

A feasibility review provides feedback on three aspects of a study prospectus:

  1. oversampling or research area saturation based on current projects at the University,
  2. quality and appropriateness of the research questions, and
  3. the benefit of the study to the University, including alignment to current initiatives and research agendas.

Additional Important Details:

The Committee on Research only facilitates initial contact between researchers and the internal staff who oversee the targeted sample or dataset.  C0R does not manage data collection. The researcher is responsible for working to secure permissions and the staff who oversees the targeted sample or data set can choose to decline participation.

Studies that do not need COR approval, identified during the feasibility review, will receive an exempt letter and researchers do not need to complete the COR process.

Timeline: the feasibility review generally takes 1-3 weeks depending on staff demands.  

When to submit: Students interested in using the University as a sample or data site should submit for a feasibility review when preparing their prospectus/precis paper. UOPX affiliates are encouraged to submit for a feasibility review before applying for UOPX fellowships or grants. 



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Please allow time for a response from our team. 

Additional Details:

Your study materials are submitted for review using an application management tool called InfoReady.  You can start and save an application.  Use this feature to plan ahead by starting an application and familiarizing yourself with what you will need to submit.