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15 universities in 12 states partner with CSO Research to launch The Outcomes Survey


Fifteen colleges and universities across the US have partnered with CSO Research – the leading provider of college career services and experiential education software solutions – to launch The Outcomes Survey, a national solution for first destination graduate outcomes data collection designed to meet newly developed national criteria introduced by the Rubio Wyden “Student Right To Know Before You Go” Act.

’What can I do when I graduate? is the primary question many students and their parents are asking when applying to college and making enrollment decisions,” says Matt Berndt, CSO’s director for communication and career services. “They expect schools to be able to answer that question with hard data and real life examples. The Rubio Wyden Act will soon require college and universities to provide this kind of information, and it is a fundamental element of President Obama’s White House College Scorecard.”

The Outcomes Survey is an online resource for gathering standardized employment, work status and graduate school admissions data from new college graduates. 

Graduates will be surveyed regarding their first destination; their engagement in career exploration and job search activities while in school; their satisfaction with their first destination after college; and their motivations for pursuing a college degree and seeking post-graduation opportunities. Schools using The Outcomes Survey will also able to craft custom questions unique to their institution and students.

“Our goal in creating The Outcomes Survey was to provide colleges and universities an efficient and affordable solution to a very real problem:  the need for statistically valid and reliable data on their student’s post-graduation outcomes,” says Berndt.

The fifteen schools that have partnered with CSO to launch The Outcomes Survey include: : University of North Texas (Texas); Virginia Commonwealth University (Virginia); Rider University (New Jersey); Harding University (Arkansas); Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colorado); St. Mary’s University of San Antonio (Texas); Midwestern State University (Texas); East Central University (Oklahoma); Montana Tech of the University of Montana (Montana); Ohio Dominican University (Ohio); Roger Williams University (Rhode Island); Saint Martin’s University (Washington); St. John Fisher College (New York); Concordia University (Texas); and Wisconsin Lutheran College (Wisconsin).

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