FAQ


Student FAQ

I am a UNT student. How/For what purpose can I use the services of ORC?

At ORC all UNT students/staff/faculty are welcome to

•    Consult with us regarding statistics and research methodology
•    Have brief tutoring sessions (30-mins) on statistical/methods-related concepts
•    Use the lab and its advanced statistical software programs for their academic/research work

Can I discuss my research plan with you?

Absolutely! We provide statistical and methodological consultation based on your research design and (potential) data as long as you bring your substantive expertise with you. We DO NOT assume the role of your dissertation advisor/committee, who is/are your ultimate guide(s).

I am a commuter and live far away from campus. Can I have the appointment remotely?

Yes, you can. We are available by phone and/or video chat using Skype or Google Hangout. Let us know your situation and preference when you make the appointment.

Can I do my homework here?

You are welcome to use the lab and the computers as long as they are available and you are quiet.

Will you help me with my assignment?

That is a tricky question. While we will certainly help you understand some concepts (we are not a tutoring service so this service is limited to 30-mins each session), we will not answer your assignment questions directly for you. In short, we will help you understand the underlying concept so you can answer it yourself.

May I use the lab computer(s) to run my data analysis overnight?

Yes, you may. Please let us know beforehand how long you will need the machine(s) for and for what purpose so we can reserve the machine(s) for you. Once you have your reservation, just turn the sign behind the respective machine that reads “ANALYSIS RUNNING”, so we will not turn off the machine. To optimize the resources, please release the computer as soon as your analysis is done.
If your analysis will demand greater computation power or time, we can give you a tutorial to move the analysis to the High Performance Cluster (HPC), the campus supercomputer. In that case, you also need to set up an account with HPC (please insert link https://hpc.unt.edu/ to "HPC")

Will you do the statistical analysis for my dissertation?

Will you give us half your PhD degree? JK... But seriously, no. We will consult with you and guide you throughout your dissertation to help you complete it successfully. In fact, several students have successfully completed their dissertations with our help. But we will not run your analysis for you. The analogy is simple. We will take you to the water, but only you have to drink it.

I am about to defend my thesis/dissertation in a couple of months and my advisor/committee has asked me to run advanced statistical analysis like Multivariate statistics/SEM/HLM. Can you run these for me?

Techniques like SEM and HLM are time-intensive and take a fair bit of work to understand. The Department of Educational Psychology offers courses on Multivariate statistics (EPSY 6290), SEM (EPSY 6270), HLM (EPSY 6230) and other advanced statistical methods. Data analysis is more than point-and-click and does not stop with “running” your analysis. It requires comprehensive understanding of both theory and method in order to build your model, run your analysis, and interpret the results. We suggest you start early and plan your analysis before collecting your data. Make an appointment and let us discuss it in advance. And… No. We will not run your analysis for you.

Can I walk in instead of making an appointment?

Yes, you may. But please bear in mind appointments have priority over walk-ins.

I am not an educational psychology major. Can I make an appointment with you?

Absolutely! As long as you are a registered student/staff/faculty at UNT, you are always welcome at ORC. We may not necessarily be familiar with your field, but we can discuss the available statistical methods according to how your data (may) look like. Again we advise you to work closely with your advisor in order to facilitate communication.

What kinds of statistical and research design methods are you familiar with?

Below is a list of statistical and methodological topics that ORC personnel are trained on/familiar with. Please note that this list is not exhaustive; there are some topics that ORC representatives may be familiar with that do not appear on this list. Similarly, there may be some aspects of the below techniques that ORC personnel may not be immediately familiar with. If you need consulting on some topic that is not on the below list, feel free to email us at coe-orc@unt.edu.

  • Research design
    • Experimental, quasi-experimental, and nonexperimental research designs
    • Cross-sectional and longitudinal research designs
  • Univariate statistics
    • T-test
      • Independent samples
      • Repeated measures
    • ANOVA
      • One-way
      • Repeated measures
      • Factorial
    • Correlation
    • Multiple regression
      • Hierarchical regression
      • Mediation
      • Moderation
    • Hierarchical linear modeling (HLM)
  • Multivariate Statistics
    • MANOVA
      • One-way
      • Factorial
    • Descriptive discriminant analysis (DDA)
    • Exploratory factor analysis (EFA)
    • Canonical correlation analysis (CCA)
  • Structural equation modeling (SEM)
    • Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA)
    • SEM
    • Measurement invariance
    • Multitrait-multimethod (MTMM) analysis
  • Nonparametric statistics
    • Chi-square
  • Measurement topics
    • Reliability (i.e., Cronbach’s alpha)
    • Item response theory (IRT)

How can I use the services of ORC other than for class and dissertation?

That is an excellent question! We provide seminars on various statistics-related topics. If your organization needs a seminar on a particular topic, please feel free to contact us. We also house several national and international databases for you to play with. This can enhance your understanding of statistics, data, and its implications on policy and practice. Did you know you could receive dissertation grants to analyze national data that NCES and other agencies have collected? Did you know that you are also free to publish your findings based on your analyses of such datasets in any prestigious journal? Imagine the implications on external validity for analyzing such nationally representative data!

Our goal is to enhance the research atmosphere of the UNT community. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.


Faculty/Staff FAQ

I am a UNT faculty/staff. How/For what purpose can I use the services of ORC?

At ORC all UNT faculty/staff are welcome to:

•    Use our expertise as evaluation experts/co-PIs for your grants
•    Use our services to analyze your data (please contact us for a schedule of fees)
•    Consult with us regarding statistics and research methodology
•    Have brief tutoring sessions (30-mins) on statistical/methods-related concepts
•    Use the lab and its advanced statistical software programs for your academic/research work
•    Invite us to talk to your organization about particular statistics-related topics or our services.

I am applying for a grant and I need an evaluator.

a. How can ORC help?

One of the goals of ORC is to enhance the research atmosphere of UNT. Our director and affiliated faculty members are experts in educational research. They have served as evaluators on various NSF and other competitive grants. Contact us well in advance so we can discuss the feasibility of serving as evaluators on your grant.

b. How early should I contact you?

The earlier the better. We would like you to contact us at least 2 months prior to the submission deadline.

c. What should I bring to the first meeting?

The deadline for submission, research objectives and expected outcomes, sample of participants (who and how many), proposed activities, timeline for the grant (i.e. once the grant is awarded), and the proposed tentative budget will give us a good idea about the scope of work for the project.

I already have data from my grant and I need help analyzing it. Will you do it for me?

Yes, as long as the grant is budgeted to pay for our services. Please contact us for rates.

Can I discuss my research design/analysis with you, even if it is for non-grant purposes (e.g. publication)?

Absolutely! We provide statistical and methodological consultation based on your research design and (potential) data as long as you bring your substantive expertise with you.

I live far away from campus. Can I have the appointment remotely?

Yes, you can. We are available by phone and/or video chat using Skype or Google Hangout. Let us know your situation and preference when you make the appointment.

Will you do the statistical analysis for my publication?

Not unless you make the staff who runs the analysis for you a co-author on the paper. We will consult with you to help you complete your analysis successfully. But we cannot run your analysis for you unless credit is given for intellectual work.

My student is about to defend his/her thesis/dissertation in a couple of months and the committee has asked him/her to run advanced statistical analysis like Multivariate statistics/SEM/HLM. Can you run these for him/her?

Techniques like SEM and HLM are time-intensive and take a fair bit of work to understand. The Department of Educational Psychology offers courses on Multivariate statistics (EPSY 6290), SEM (EPSY 6270), HLM (EPSY 6230) and other advanced statistical methods. Data analysis is more than point-and-click and does not stop with "running" the analysis. It requires comprehensive understanding of both theory and method in order to build a model, run the analysis, and interpret the results. We suggest you recommend the student to start early and plan his/her analysis before collecting their data. Make an appointment and let us discuss it in advance. And… No. We will not run the analysis for the student.

Can I send my students over to you to tutor them?

Sure. But bear in mind that we are a consulting and not a tutorial service. Our brief tutoring sessions are limited to 30-mins. Please refer to our student FAQs for more information.

Can I walk in instead of making an appointment?

Yes, you may. But please bear in mind appointments have priority over walk-ins.

I am not educational psychology faculty. Can I make an appointment with you?

Absolutely! As long as you are a registered student/staff/faculty at UNT, you are always welcome at ORC. We may not necessarily be familiar with your field, but we can discuss the available statistical methods according to how your data (may) look like.

How can I use the services of ORC other than for grants, publications, and student advising?

That is an excellent question! We provide seminars on various statistics-related topics. If your organization needs a seminar on a particular topic, please feel free to contact us. We also house several national and international databases for you to play with. This can enhance your understanding of statistics, data, and its implications on policy and practice. Did you know you could receive dissertation grants to analyze national data that NCES and other agencies have collected?

Our goal is to enhance the research atmosphere of the UNT community. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.