1. Welcome and Consent to Participate

Welcome to the Graduate Student Statistics Self-Efficacy Study!

You are asked to participate in a research study conducted at Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, Texas by Dr. Michelle Perepiczka, Michael Becerra, and Dr. Nichelle Chandler. Please read the following information. Contact me at mperepiczka@gmail.com if you have any questions prior to choosing to participate. Your participation is voluntary. You qualify to participate if you are currently a graduate student.

Purpose of the Study
You are asked to participate in an online survey designed to measure statistics self-efficacy of graduate students within the United States. The findings of this study will benefit graduate students by identifying statistics anxiety, attitude toward statistics, and social support predict statistics self-efficacy. Obtaining this information is important to identifying needs of students and creating appropriate teaching interventions to help students succeed in these classes.

This survey will be available online to complete 24-hours a day. You will be asked to complete the survey only once, and the estimated time to complete it is 25 to 30 minutes. When you first enter the survey, you will be provided with a consent form and detailed instructions about how to complete the assessments.

Potential Risks, Discomforts, and Anticipated Benefits
This study is foreseen to have a low risk of causing discomfort to participants. However, you should be aware that the nature of some of the questions is personal, and there is a risk of participants feeling some discomfort due to the sensitive nature of the questions. If you experience discomfort related to participating, please schedule an appointment at your university’s counseling center or contact this researcher for a referral outside the university if you prefer. Participation is voluntary, and you are free to choose to withdraw from the study at any time without penalty or consequence. There is no monetary fee for participation.

The results of the study will contribute to the profession by increasing the amount of information known about statistics self-efficacy as experienced by graduate students. This is beneficial because students and faculty will be able to utilize the information to help graduate students succeed in statistics courses.

Anonymity and Data Use
Your responses will be anonymous, and you will not be asked for identifying information or your name. A numerical code will be assigned to each survey received, and your name will not be associated with the data. Your responses will also be encrypted during electronic transmission and electronically protected by Firewall as well as QualysGuard network security.

Contact Information
If you would like further clarification regarding this research study please contact me at mperepiczka@gmail.com. If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject or a research-related injury please feel free to contact Dr. Tracy Henley, Chair of the Institutional Review Board at Texas A&M-Commerce, at 903-886-5594.

* 1. If you have read and understood this consent form for the study, have had your questions answered to your satisfaction, and agree to participate in the research, then you may choose to select the first option below. If you choose to not participate, then you may select the second option below. Selecting the one, appropriate box equates to signing your name.