For cases in which academic assessment data (e.g. grades, course work, rubrics, surveys, focus groups, senior projects, etc.) are only used to provide student feedback, improve a course or academic program, or report findings to the Office of Assessment for University-wide academic program improvement, Lewis IRB approval is not required. In addition, the release of assessment data to present evidence of improvement in student learning outcomes/academic programs to accrediting agencies does not constitute distribution of research results outside the University, and therefore does not require IRB approval.
If there are plans to publish/distribute assessment results outside of Lewis University (e.g. publish results in hardcopy or online formats, present findings at a conference, etc.), IRB approval is required. If you have any intention to distribute assessment results/findings or would distribute the findings if they are interesting/valuable you should obtain IRB approval prior to the collection of assessment data from students/classroom activities. Students should be provided advanced notice of the classroom-related assessment research activity within the course syllabus.
In the event that interest for distributing assessment results/findings or analyzing assessment data for research purposes develops at a later date, IRB approval for the analysis/use of existing data is required as soon as there is intent to analyze the existing data for research/distribution purposes. In addition, IRB approval is required prior to the analysis of previously collected (past semesters) assessment data for research distribution purposes.