The Huron Consulting Group's final report on the Office of Research Subject Protections and the Human Subjects Review Board is now available. The results are available in two formats: A comprehensive Final Report (PDF) and a Faculty Report Presentation (PPT)
As a Mason faculty member, I am involved in the continuing discussions of human research protections at the university. I will therefore refrain from comment except to applaud the university administration for posting these documents where they can inform decisions here and at other universities.
For comparable reports, see Institutional Review Boards at UC [University of California]: IRB Operations and the Researcher’s Experience, Report of the University Committee on Research Policy (UCORP), endorsed by the Academic Council, April 25, 2007, and University of Cincinnati, Final Report: Task Force on IRB and Compliance Roles and Responsibilities, May 2009.