Congratulations on Your Graduation from St. Edward's University!  

Whether you have already accepted a job or graduate school offer, have plans to start a business, will be volunteering in the community or abroad, or are still determining your next steps, we are interested in learning more about your post-graduation plans.  

All St. Edward’s students who will complete degree requirements this term should complete the Beyond the Hilltop survey prior to graduation.  Your confidential responses will provide us with critical information necessary for: 

  • Career and Academic Advising 
  • Student Recruitment 
  • Institutional Reporting 

We encourage you to complete the survey regardless of your current employment status upon graduation.  While we will follow up with you throughout the upcoming year to encourage you to update your information at certain intervals, you may also update your survey responses at any time, and as often as you like over the next year.  

What You Get

For completing Beyond the Hilltop, you will receive the following FREE gifts:

  1. A St. Edward’s Alumni padfolio, available for pick up in Moody Hall 134 (please note we have a limited supply of padfolios. The first 300 students who complete Beyond the Hilltop will receive a padfolio.)
  2. A digital photo at one of the three locations on campus:
  3. A gift certificate for 10% off your graduation frame from the University Bookstore

Informed Consent Statement

You are invited to participate in The Outcomes Survey®. This survey is being conducted by St. Edward's University in conjunction with GradLeaders, Inc. 

The purpose of this survey is to examine student’s professional and academic career outcomes following graduation. Your participation in this survey will contribute to a better understanding of what students at your institution do after graduating.This data is used by your institution and at a national level by GradLeaders, Inc. You are free to contact your institution with any additional questions. 

If you agree to participate: 

The survey will take approximately 5-7 minutes of your time, although it could take longer depending on your answers. Participation will involve answering questions about a variety of topics that may include your job search, employment status, pursuit of additional education, motivation, satisfaction, and engagement with institutional resources. 

Risks/Benefits 

There may be survey items with which you are uncomfortable or would rather not answer. You may skip these items or decline to answer using the “I’d rather not answer” option. There are no other known risks associated with completing this survey. There are no costs for participating, nor are there any direct benefits to you. Data obtained may be beneficial to your institution and contribute to a greater understanding of student career outcomes following graduation. 

Incentives/Compensation 

You may receive incentives from a national drawing based on your participation. These incentives will be offered based on completion during each of the survey periods (at graduation, 3 months following, 6 months following, and 1 year following). Incentives are provided at the national level and odds of receiving incentives are based upon the total number of participants who have completed the survey in a given survey period. Drawings are conducted randomly, and all entrants have an equal chance of winning. Incentives will be disbursed within six months from the close of the final survey period. Information on claiming these prizes will be emailed to you using the email address on file with The Outcomes Survey. Inquiries about this program should be directed to outcomes [at] csoresearch.com

Confidentiality and Anonymity of Responses 

Your privacy and the confidentiality of your data will be protected. Data collected will be stored on secure servers and will only be accessible to The Outcomes Survey® Research Team and representatives at your institution. Identifying information will be kept by GradLeaders, Inc. during the data collection phase for tracking purposes only. Email addresses may be used to inform you of the award of prizes associated with the national drawing described in the Incentives/Compensation section above, but this information will not be directly associated with your responses. A limited number of research team members will have access to this data during data collection. This information will be provided to your institution. 

Your responses will be provided to your institution. Your responses will be connected to a limited set of your academic background data and demographic information in order to monitor and mitigate response bias or to facilitate analysis based on these factors. Once data are transferred back to your college or university, they may be connected to additional academic background data and demographics (to further inform campus-level program review and improvement efforts at the institution. 

All identifying information will be stripped by GradLeaders, Inc. from the final national dataset which will only be presented in aggregate form. If it becomes necessary for any other entity other than your institution to review the survey records, information that can be linked to you will be protected to the extent permitted by law. Other than as described in this document, your research records will not be released without your consent unless required by law or a court order. The data resulting from your participation may be made available to other researchers in the future for research purposes not detailed within this consent form. In these cases, the data will contain no identifying information that could associate it with you, or with your participation in this survey. 

Participation or Withdrawal 

Your participation in this study is voluntary unless otherwise specified by your institution. You may decline to answer any question and you have the right to withdraw from participation at any time. Required questions can be declined using the “I’d rather not answer” option. If you do not want to participate, either simply stop participating or close the browser window. You may decide not to participate at all or, if you start the study, you may withdraw at any time. Data is recorded at the time of entry regardless of completion status. If you wish to withdraw your data you must contact your institution and GradLeaders, Inc. within one week submitting a response. Unless specific requirements have been set forth by your institution, withdrawal or refusing to participate will not affect your relationship with your institution in any way. You may decline to answer any item regardless of institutional requirements. You do not waive any rights, legal claims, or remedies by participating in this study. 

Questions about participation 

For general information about the survey, including how to recover your survey link, please refer to our frequently asked questions

If you have more specific questions about the survey, your participation, or need to update your email address, contact your institution. Contact information is included in the email(s) you received prompting your participation. 

Inquiries may also be directed to outcomes [at] csoresearch.com. All inquiries are private and confidential. Information obtained through inquiries will not be shared with your institution without your explicit permission. 

Thank you. 
 

You may print a copy of this document for your records. Participation in The Outcomes Survey® indicates that you have read and agree to the above terms. 

Social Media Ambassadors

Social Media Ambassadors are connected, involved current students, alumni and campus community members who are highly engaged and passionate about social media. Beyond the Hilltop Social Media Ambassadars are individuals who are eager and willing to help us reach the Class of May 2016 to complete their Beyond the Hilltop Survey.

If you are active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Vine, SnapChat, or Instagram and would like to help us reach our May 2016 graduates, please register yourself here.

Below are documents of information that will help you understand further how to be active with #BeyondtheHilltop.