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Next Step Survey

Congratulations on your recent graduation. As part of the graduation process, we ask that all alumni complete our Next Step Survey. Your responses help us make informed updates to curriculum and better assist all students.

Below is information on informed consent. If you have any questions, please email:

CSP’s Office of Career Development
[email protected]


CSP’s Institutional Review Board
[email protected]

    By beginning the CSP Next Step Survey in Handshake, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the provided information and have had the opportunity to ask questions. You understand that your participation is voluntary and that you are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason and without cost.

    You are being asked to take part in a research study. Before you decide to participate in this study, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please read the following information carefully. Please ask the researcher if there is anything that is not clear or if you need more information.


    The purpose of the CSP Next Step Survey is to collect information on alumni plans after graduation, satisfaction with their academic program in preparing them for their career field, and a way to update their contact and employment information. This information will be updated in the University database and will be used for accreditation reports.


    After the registrar has finished awarding degrees, students are moved to alumni status.  The CSP Advancement Systems and Reporting Coordinator pulls a list of all new alumni and preferred email addresses.  This list is used to email new alumni, in six attempts to collect post-graduation information within a nine month collection window   As alumni respond they are removed from the future email attempts.  After all email attempts are made the Office of Career Development will use National Student Clearing House data, LinkedIn, and connect with faculty to fill in missing alumni post-graduation plans.  According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), it is an acceptable practice to use alumni post-graduation plan information from faculty (if known without a doubt) and information made public on LinkedIn.


    The CSP Next Step Survey has the potential risk of releasing identifiable information.  For example, if only three individuals responded from a traditional undergraduate major, there is a change someone could identify which of those three were working and the salary they were making.  It is a best practice to not publish information for any degree program that has less than five responses to ensure respondent confidentiality.


    Your responses to the survey will be anonymous, and no identifying data will be reported outside of CSP. Every effort will be made by the researcher to preserve your confidentiality, however, your employment information may be used to highlight the successes of CSP alumni.


    If you have questions at any time about this study, or you experience adverse effects as the result of participating in this study, you may contact the Office of Career Development at (651) 603-6245 or through email at [email protected]. You may also contact the Concordia St. Paul Institutional Review Board at (651) 641-8723 with any questions or concerns.


    Your participation in this study is voluntary. If you decide to participate in this study motivations, you will be acknowledge consent by beginning the survey. After you begin the survey, you are free to withdraw at any time and do not need to provide a reason.