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Additional Resources

Higher Education and Related Links

Institutional Research Organizational Links

 The Association for Institutional Research (AIR)

 Internet Resources for Institutional Research

 The Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR)

 The Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR)

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

SACS Commission on Colleges

SACS publications and resources:
       SACS Institutional Resources - contains link to Policies, Guidelines, Good Practices, Position Statements
        The Principles of Accreditation (2012 Edition)
        Resource Manual for the Principle of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement
        Fifth year Interim Report information page and links
        Substantive Change policy (updated June 2011)
        Faculty Credentials guidelines
          Handbook For Institutions Seeking Reaffirmation (2011 Edition)
        Resources for Review Committees

Higher Education Agencies and Related Links

Carnegie Foundation Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

 National Collegiate Athletic Association  (NCAA)

 Texas Higher Education Data  (THECB)

 SMU U-CAN Web page from the University and College Accountability Network
Institutional Research Resources

 Accreditation: accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. DOE

 ACT-SAT Concordance table (ACT)

 American Universities Home Page for locating a university home page

 Common Data Set Initiative - main page

 Common Data Sets (AIR directory)

 Fulbright U. S. Student Program information

 Grapevine A site reporting state tax support for higher education

 Guidestar For research into non-profit organizations

 Morse Code Bob explains it all (U S News' notorious Bob Morse's blog)

 National Student Clearinghouse student information resource for member universities

 Research Methods Knowledge Base "a comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in a
 typical introductory undergraduate or graduate course in social research methods."

 SHEEO SOAR  (State Higher Ed Executive Officers Online Access to Resources)

 Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Data Library

U.S. Government and National Resources
U. S. Government Agencies

     National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

     IPEDS  (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System)

     Classification of Instructional Programs: CIP 2010 Index page

          CIP 2010 Browse/Look-up facility
          CIP conversion 2000-2010 information

     ERIC a database of journal articles and other education materials

     U.S. Census Bureau

       U.S. Census Bureau State and County Quick Facts

     National Science Foundation

          NSF WebCasper

          NSF Statistics reports index page

          NSF SESTAT

              NSF Division of Science Research Studies National Research Council 2010 report released September 28, 2010
              A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs Report and Documentation Excel Data Table (revised 4/29/2011)
     U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 

     U S Naval Observatory official time (requires Firefox or Netscape browser)

     Official US Time Clock from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U. S. Naval           Observatory  (USNO).

 U.S. Government Links

  President of the United States   U.S. Senate
  U.S. Supreme Court   U.S. House of Representatives
SMU Links
  Current Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog links  SMU Mission Statement
  University Calendar  SMU University Policy Manual
  SMU Registrar's Enrollment Reports  Faculty Senate web page
  SMU Blackboard Log-in page  SMU Degree Inventory, September 2012
  Office of the Provost  George W. Bush Presidential Center information
  SMU Traditions  
  Educational Programs (EPC) Information & Forms for New Program Proposals

  Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Clery Act); Crime Statistics available through the SMU Police department page

 Institutional Review Board Information

  SMU IRB web page

 SMU IRB forms

  NSF Presentation on Human Subjects Research (PowerPoint)

Drug Free Schools And Campuses Information

As required by the Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act, all faculty, staff and students should review and be familiar with university policies and resources related to alcohol and other drugs. These are links to those policies.

  SMU Drug Free Schools and Campuses Information

  Student Code of Conduct
  Student Handbook
  Human Resources - Controlled Substance Abuse in the Workplace (SMU Policy Manual)
  SMU Employee Assistance Program

State and Local Links


   State of Texas web page

   Texas Legislature on-line

   Texas Records and Information Locator

   The Handbook of Texas Online - Texas history, geography, and culture

   Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas  (ICUT)

   Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
         THECB Higher Education Accountability System
         THECB Higher Education Accountability System Success measures
         Texas Productivity Index - Texas and the Nation THECB's Annual Research Expenditures reports
   Texas County locator from The U S Bureau of the Census

   Texas Geneology, Facts and Records Resources from Southeastern Geneology Online

Dallas Links

City/County Transportation

Area Transportation

  City of Dallas web site   DART - Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  Dallas County Government   Trinity Railway Express (Dallas-FW)
  City of University Park web site   DFW - Dallas/Fort Worth Int. Airport
  City of University Park information from   Dallas Love Field Airport

Other Local Information

  Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce    North Central Texas Council of Govts Research Services

A partial list of some significant area cultural venues

  Dallas Arboretum   Dallas Museum of Art
  Meadows Museum (SMU)   Kimball Art Museum (Fort Worth)

Dallas Weather

  Dallas Weather - TWC   Dallas AccuWeather
  University Park - Weather Underground   Dallas Intellicast Weather Radar
  KDFW Radar

  WFAA Radar

National Weather Sites

  The Weather Channel   AccuWeather
  Weather Underground   Intellicast Weather

  National Weather Service (NOAA)

Local and National Media

National Media

Public Broadcasting

Dallas TV Stations

   CNN  PBS Public Broadcasting network


   MSNBC  NPR National Public Radio


   BBC  KERA Dallas National Public Radio


    WRR 101.1 FM Dallas Classical Radio



   Dallas Morning News    New York Times
   Fort Worth Star Telegram    Washington Post
   Austin American-Statesman    Wall Street Journal
   Houston Chronicle         WSJ CollegeJournal
   San Antonio Express-News    Chronicle of Higher Education

 IR Offices at Selected Texas Universities

 Baylor University  University of Texas-Austin
 Rice University  University of Texas at Dallas
 Texas Christian University  Texas A & M University
Other Useful Links

  Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

  National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

  The United Methodist Church

Miscellaneous links
Maps, aerial views, useful information

  Terrafly (put in a location, see an aerial view of any city)


  Mapquest mapping package for finding a location
  Mapblast  mapping package for finding a location  useful link for information on U.S. Cites
  Dallas Chamber of Commerce maps detailed information about the Dallas-Fort Worth area
  Classical Music on the web

Conference Presentation

   SAIR 2007 Conference paper on Selecting Peer Institutions (PowerPoint presentation)