Why Outcomes?

“We are excited to be launching our first centrally-coordinated, campus-wide, outcomes survey with August 2014 graduates.

This ‘First Destination Initiative’ is a joint collaboration among the Office of the Provost, The Career Center, and the Division of Management Information. Essential support has been provided by the Council of Undergraduate Deans, the Career Services Council, the Office of the Registrar, the Institutional Review Board, and many more.”

Gail Rooney
Director of the Career Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“We are pleased to be working with CSO Research, Inc. to power our survey solution. The CSO Research Team has been very responsive and helpful at every stage of getting The Outcomes Survey off the ground. We look forward to our continued partnership as graduate responses arrive and we begin to work with the data.”

Dr. Julia Panke Makela
Associate Director for Assessment and Research for the Career Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“TLU’s launch of The Outcomes Survey with our Spring 2014 cohort was smooth and well-managed thanks to the friendly, helpful team at CSO.

In order to encourage student participation, we sponsored the incentive of a TLU personalized promo gift to the first 100 students who completed the survey.  With the ability to track the date/time of survey completion, it was easy to manage the incentive give-away.

Our students have been very pleased with the ease of survey completion – especially the ability to complete the survey via their mobile devices.”

Breanne Navarro
Director of Career Development
Texas Lutheran University

“The data collected from The Outcomes Survey is invaluable to the institution and prepares us to meet new reporting standards. Post-graduation outcomes are critical and are more important than ever before.  We are excited to be part of this initiative.”

Matt Cardin
Director of Career Services
St. John Fisher College

“The usefulness of the interface and reporting abilities has greatly helped us as we have implemented strategies to improve our response rate from previous survey attempts.”

Ray Rogers
Director of Career Services
Rollins College


‘How Much Will I Make After Graduating?’ College Scorecard Offers Only Clues

Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Access, accountability, and deregulation: A primer on HEA reauthorization

Tara Garcia Mathewson in Education Dive

Obama’s Higher Ed Home Stretch

Michael Stratford in Inside Higher Ed

Education Department Now Plans a College-Rating System Minus the Ratings

Goldie Blumenstyk in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Gainful-Employment Rule Survives For-Profit Group’s Court Challenge

Andy Thomason in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Chegg and CSO Research, Inc. to Track Career Outcomes of Recent College Graduates

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White House Agenda for Higher Education

Knowledge and Skills for the Jobs of the Future

The White House College Scorecard

As part of President Obama’s commitment to holding colleges accountable for cost, value and quality, the Administration has launched a College Scorecard to help empower students and families with more transparent information about college costs and outcomes, so that they can choose a school that is affordable, best-suited to meet their needs, and consistent with their educational and career goals. The Scorecard provides clear, concise information on cost, graduation rate, loan default rate, amount borrowed, and employment for every degree-granting institution in the country. By making these key pieces of information available in an interactive and easy-to-read format, the College Scorecard enables students and families to compare colleges and make the best decision for their future.

US Department of Education – Proposed Gainful Employment Rule

US Department of Education – 68-page Draft of Regulations for “Gainful Employment”

US Department of Education – Negotiated Rulemaking 2013-2014: Gainful Employment

On June 12, 2013, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations that establish standards for programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. This web page contains information about our rulemaking efforts on gainful employment.

For more information about negotiated rulemaking in general, please see the US Department of Education question and answer pages at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/hea08/neg-reg-faq.html.

S. 915: Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2013

The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act of 2013

Introduced by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio and Mark Warner and U.S. Representatives Duncan Hunter and Robert Andrews

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. It is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, requires that institutions that participate in federal student aid programs report data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid. These data are made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.


The Voice of the Graduate – McKinsey & Company – McKinsey on Society

Everyone knows education is the path to individual and national prosperity in an era of global competition. Yet US educational attainment, once the envy of the world, has been flagging in recent years—and concerns about the value and efficacy of higher education in particular are making headlines and finding a place on both political parties’ reform agendas. While as recently as 1995 the United States was one of the world leaders in college-graduation rates, the country has since slipped to 12th among industrialized nations. – See more at: http://mckinseyonsociety.com/voice-of-the-graduate/#sthash.uOxETVmv.dpuf

Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works – McKinsey & Company – McKinsey on Society

Around the world, governments and businesses face a conundrum: high levels of youth unemployment and a shortage of job seekers with critical skills. How can a country successfully move its young people from education to employment? What are the challenges? Which interventions work? How can these be scaled up? These are the crucial questions. – See more at: http://mckinseyonsociety.com/education-to-employment/report/#sthash.nogfvZF1.dpuf