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New UTPA survey center to probe Rio Grande Valley concerns and issues
Posted: 06/08/1999
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EDINBURG — The University of Texas-Pan American has recently developed a new research survey center designed to study and report on local issues and concerns of the Rio Grande Valley.

"The Center for Survey Research was established by the university to serve as a service facility to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, but will also be used as a training tool for UTPA students and faculty in survey research techniques," said Dr. Robert Wrinkle, director of the center.

According to Wrinkle, the center will conduct a "Pulse of the Valley" quarterly report based on community responses to issues and concerns.

"This on-going survey project will allow the development of longitudinal data on Valley attitudes and serve as a basic resource for both the academic and business community," Wrinkle said.

The newly developed survey center is housed in UTPA's Social and Behavioral Sciences Building and is equipped with a state-of-the-art Computer Assisted Interviewing System that enables the center to collect opinion data in a modern and expeditious manner, Wrinkle said.

According to Wrinkle, the center is sponsored entirely by UTPA.

"This shows the dedication the university has toward this center," he said. "In the future, we are hoping to find other avenues of funding through fees for service."

For more information on the Center for Survey Research, contact Wrinkle at 956/381-3679.

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