Saint Martin's University partners with CSO Research Inc. and 14 other colleges and universities worldwide to answer the question: “What can I do when I graduate?”

March 5, 2014

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University is one of 15 institutions partnering with CSO Research Inc., a company based in Austin, Texas that provides career center automation software to more than 830 college campuses across the US and around the world, using The Outcomes Survey to answer the question: “What can I do when I graduate?” for students, parents and the White House College Scorecard.

“We are thrilled that Saint Martin’s and 14 other schools have chosen to show visionary leadership and become our partners in innovation on The Outcomes Survey,” says Erik Mulloy, CSO’s CEO and founder. “Students, parents, lenders and policymakers want answers to that long-standing question, and The Outcomes Survey provides the answers.”

“Saint Martin’s University has a focus on the outcomes of our graduates through the social media campaigns of #FromHereYouCan and #SaintsHaveAPlan,” says Ann Adams, associate dean of students and director of career development. “This product fits in well with those efforts and to provide accurate data on the first destinations of our alumni.”

In addition to Saint Martin’s University, the following schools have partnered with CSO on this initiative, making three-year commitments to gathering first destination career outcomes data on their graduates using The Outcomes Survey: 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); St. John Fisher College (New York); East Central University (Oklahoma); Montana Tech of the University of Montana (Montana); Ohio Dominican University (Ohio); Roger Williams University (Rhode Island); Concordia University (Texas); and Wisconsin Lutheran College (Wisconsin).

The Outcomes Survey is the only turnkey solution available that provides standardized and comprehensive “first destination” career outcomes data on new college graduates, including data on full-time employment, graduate school enrollment, part-time employment, military service, gap year, fellowship program and service program participation, and those graduates choosing to start their own businesses or work as independent contractors.

According to Max Wartel, CSO’s head of research and analysis, “Most other sources of standardized career outcomes data are state-supported tools that rely solely on graduates working full-time within the state. Graduates working out-of-state, in part-time jobs, gap year or service programs, pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors or otherwise working independently are not counted, nor are those pursuing graduate school or other educational paths. As a result, these data, while sound, are not representative of the variety of first destinations new graduates may choose to pursue. The 21st century workforce is complex. The Outcomes Survey takes this complexity into account.”

In addition to data on employment and graduate school admissions, The Outcomes Survey collects data on student participation in internships and experiential education, levels of engagement in their search for post-graduation work, satisfaction with their first destination, and personal motivations in seeking work or further education.

Matt Berndt, CSO vice president and head of The Outcomes Survey initiative, says, “Gathering data at a single point in time – particularly only at graduation – provides an incomplete picture of graduate outcomes. We want schools to be able to tell the whole story about their graduates’ pursuits, whether they are telling that story to prospective students and their parents, to accrediting bodies, or to federal agencies.”

The Outcomes Survey collects valid, reliable and comprehensive data that can be used in reporting to the White House College Scorecard, Business Week and US News and World Report. It meets Rubio-Wyden “Student Right to Know Before You Go” standards, the new guidelines from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and standards under consideration by the US Department of Education related to financial aid and gainful employment in recognized occupations.

The Outcomes Survey is available now to colleges and universities seeking to survey their May 2014 graduates and beyond.

For more information on The Outcomes Survey, go to: http://TheOutcomesSurvey.com, email outcomes@csoresearch.com, or call 1-866-705-4201, x3.

For more information on CSO Research Inc., contact Matt Berndt at 1-866-4201 ext. 128 or via email at mattberndt@csoresearch.com.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Ann Adams
Associate Dean of Students
Director, Career Development
aadams@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu