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Make a Research Request

In order to track and to prioritize data-related requests, the Institutional Research Office has developed an electronic request form. However, before making a request, please check to see if the data you need is already available by viewing the Contents of the IR Site. Also note that if the data you need is a basic list (e.g., of students’ names and addresses), you can submit a request to Computing and Integration Services by completing and submitting its Technology Request/Change Form

If the data you need cannot be obtained through either of these methods, you can then submit a request through the Research Request Form

When filling out the request form, you will be asked to:

  • Select the date you need the data by
  • Describe the data you are requesting and the questions you want it to answer
  • Explain the decisions the data will impact or how the data will be used
  • Attach a file (optional)

When indicating the date needed, select the latest date possible. Depending on the complexity of the request, the time of year, and the volume of other requests we're receiving, it may take anywhere from a couple of days to several weeks to complete your request.

In describing and explaining your request, please be sure to give as much detail as possible. The better we understand your request, the better we are able to provide you with the most accurate data.

If you have a copy of a previous report we sent you that is similar to what you are currently requesting, you may attach it using the grey button marked “Attach File(s)” on the Request Form. This helps us understand the format and style you would like the data in.

Types of Requests

  • Lists – for example, a random sample of students or a list that is to be part of a research project involving the IR office (Note that if you need a simple list, such as a list of students’ names and addresses, you should contact Computing Services.)
  • Descriptive Statistics – for example, means (i.e., averages) of students’ scores on a survey or test
  • Higher Level Analysis – for example, an analysis of whether students’ grades in one course are associated with their grades in another course or any other type of analysis that would require a higher level of statistical analysis
  • Survey Design – for example, the design and analysis of paper-and-pencil or web surveys

If you are a writer from a news organization or agency who would like MCC data, please contact the Public Affairs Office.

The IR Office does not have the authority to release data to anyone on individuals (students, faculty, staff, etc.). Requests for data about individuals should go to the relevant office.