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MBA Focus + CSO Research = GradLeaders!

GradLeaders Logo

Here at CSO Research and MBA Focus we’re excited about last week’s announcement of our new company name, GradLeaders. As we move forward together, the GradLeaders team will continue to provide excellent software and service, while offering new products designed to efficiently connect your students and employers. We’ll be reaching out soon with information about our new undergraduate recruitment product, Global Focus® Undergrad.

While this will be our final CSO eNews, the GradLeaders team is currently in the process of developing our new company communications. Stay tuned!

The World’s Top Employers Want to Recruit Your Undergrads!

For more than a decade, the world’s top employers have used Global Focus® to connect with MBA students at more than 75 top-ranked graduate business schools.  These recruiters want to easily connect with your undergraduate students and now they can with Global Focus® Undergrad!

Global Focus Undergrad - employers Global Focus Undergrad

Students can…

  • Quickly and easily register
  • Access jobs from the world’s top employers
  • Search, favorite, and apply to jobs from a single dashboard
  • Create search agents/notifications
  • Upload multiple resumes

Administrators can…

  • Access recruiters and jobs from top employers
  • View analytics on students, jobs and employer activity
  • Implement in time for Fall 2015

How to get started as a Global Focus® Undergrad partner school…

Contact CSO Sales to learn more about becoming a partner school ( or 866-705-4201 x 2).

Once you determine you’d like to become a partner school, these next steps will be required:

  • Provide your candidate data (first name, last name, email address, and optionally, major and grad date) and school branding (logo and colors) for the Global Focus® Undergrad registration system.
  • Provide a “From” email address for candidate communication and administrative login.
  • Place the Global Focus® Undergrad URL on your CSO System’s student home page.


Interview with Matt: The CSO Research/MBA Focus Merger

MBA Focus/CSO Research merger

Amidst the excitement there have been a lot of questions around our merger with MBA Focus. Earlier this month, we sat down with Matt to get his responses to the most commonly asked questions about the merger.  Following is a summary of that interview:

What’s the plan?

Matt Berndt

That’s a big question!

During the remainder of 2015 we will be creating the roadmap for bringing MBA Focus and CSO together. This encompasses our new name, an analysis of our products and services, a review of our hosting environments, as well as standardization of our internal policies and procedures including IT support, HR and benefits.

In the short term, it’s business as usual for our clients and everyone in our Austin, Texas and Columbus, Ohio offices.

As we get into 2016, we will have a clearly defined roadmap for moving forward as one company offering our core products and services.

What’s going to change?

In the short term, we will be introducing some exciting new services to CSO and MBA Focus clients in addition to our existing array of software and services.

In the long-term, we are identifying the best way to connect and support all of the 1000+ campuses, 1.4 million students and 2000+ employers we serve. These upcoming enhancements to our shared technologies are central to our goal of becoming the undisputed leader in career services and recruiting technology and client support.

Our name will be changing soon, and our website, email addresses, logo, etc. will reflect this change.

What’s not going to change?

Our shared commitment to service, trust, leadership, technology, innovation and hard work won’t change. This commitment to our shared core values will continue to be central to all we do to serve you, your students and employers.

We will maintain our offices in Columbus, Ohio and Austin, Texas. (We just signed a new three-year lease for our Austin offices!)

Who will I talk to?

The same teams are still in place, so continue to reach out via chat, email or phone to connect with us. Along the way, you’ll be meeting great new team members as well.

How is this going to work?

It’s going to work well!

We have great leadership and staff and we’re excited to move forward together to provide our clients with excellent software and support. Our goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible for our clients and team members.

How do you feel about the merger personally?

I feel great about it.

When I came to CSO over three years ago, I wanted to help grow the company and help it become more nimble in meeting the needs of career centers, students and employers. We’ve come a long way in three years, and the merger will allow us to accelerate our ability to meet those needs. It’s going to be fun!

What’s your new name?

I can’t tell you quite yet, but we’re looking forward to sharing it with you in an upcoming announcement!

CSO Research Announces Merger with MBA Focus

MBA Focus merges with CSO Research to build world-leading network for matching students and employers.

We have some very exciting news!

MBA Focus / CSO Research merger quick facts

On behalf of the leadership team at CSO Research, I am pleased to announce that we are combining with MBA Focus to create the world’s leading network for matching students and employers.

We are excited because this merger allows both companies to realize our shared vision of becoming the world’s leading source for all student hiring. Together, we have an unbeatable combination of leading edge technology, installed user base, exceptional customer service, industry insight, and analytical capabilities.

Read the press release >

Key benefits of the merger for our clients

  • We received a major capital infusion and are now the most financially stable, ethical, and customer-service focused career services technology company in the market. And, we are in it for the long-term!
  • We will be bigger, better and continually focused on providing world-class systems, solutions and customer service.
  • Our changes will be seamless for our clients. Our client services team will continue to provide the customer service that sets us apart from our competitors.

What does the merger mean?

  • Together, CSO and MBA Focus will deliver the most comprehensive, efficient, and reliable university-wide career services solutions.
  • The merger adds the world’s top-ranked business schools, including Harvard, Chicago Booth, MIT Sloan, Kellogg, and Columbia to complement our 900+ career center client base.
  • We will now serve over 1,000 career service offices at colleges and universities across the country and around the world and give the more than 1,400,000 students in our systems visibility to the top 2,000 global hiring companies.
  • The merger will allow us to do more of what we do best: Deliver exceptional customer service, user-focused support, system enhancements, continuous innovation, job market and career outcomes analysis, and corporate recruiting management tools.
  • We will deliver the only nationally standardized career outcomes data collection and reporting solution: The Outcomes Survey®.

We are excited about this merger because our strengths and market position are complementary. MBA Focus is the global leader in the graduate business school market and among corporations; CSO Research is a global leader in the undergraduate market. Combined, we are the market leader in career service software and recruitment technology and will help more students get hired.

Matt Berndt

Matt Berndt, Vice President
CSO Research, Inc.
on behalf of the CSO Research, Inc. Leadership Team (Erik Mulloy, Kevin Wilson & Mason Gates)

CSO Welcomes Two New Additions

We are excited to announce that two beautiful baby girls have joined the CSO family!

Costa and his wife Megan welcomed Juliette on May 20th, and Ronnie and her husband Charlie said hello to little Charley on April 29th.  Congratulations!

Juliette Christie

Juliette Christie

Charley Nuñez

Charley Nuñez

Tradeshows and Conferences

The 2015 conference season is in full swing! Members of the CSO team will be exhibiting and/or presenting at the following conferences – if you’re attending, stop by our booth and say hello!

TV Winner - Amy from Penn State U

TV winner at NCDA – Amy from Penn State University

MWACE Annual Conference – Chicago, IL
July 20 – 22, 2015 |

SoACE Annual Conference – Austin, TX
December 6 – 9, 2015 |

MPACE Annual Conference – Anaheim, CA
December 9 – 11, 2015 |

Chegg and CSO Research, Inc. to track career outcomes of recent college graduates

Groundbreaking new national study of college graduates tracks career progression at graduation and at 3, 6, and 12 months after commencement.

Chegg, the Student Hub, and CSO Research, Inc. recently announced a partnership to create a groundbreaking nationwide tracking survey of career outcomes for recent college graduates. The Outcomes Survey®, which CSO Research currently conducts on behalf of more than 120 schools, provides rich insights on how recent grads fare immediately after commencement and at three, six and 12 months after finishing their studies at specific schools. In partnership with Chegg, The Outcomes Survey will now be expanded into a national study of more than 200,000 members of the class of 2015.

Chegg logo

Return on investment in college has been questioned as students are finding themselves unemployed, underemployed or in a job outside their chosen field. Further, 50% of recent graduates do not feel that college prepared them well for employment, and only 39% of hiring managers felt recent graduates were prepared for employment in their field of study.  Outcomes data can be important to students and parents in deciding where to attend college as more than half of recent grads would pick a different major or school if they could make their college choices over again.

“Chegg is committed to improving the outcomes for all students, and understanding how students fare in the workforce after they graduate hasn’t been transparent to-date,” said Anne Dwane, Chief Business Officer at Chegg. “CSO has already proven the effectiveness of The Outcomes Survey as a research tool, and with our reach into the college audience we can now make the survey applicable to the entire graduating class on a national scale.”

Academic institutions that partner with CSO Research to survey their graduates are able to use this outcomes data in their admissions recruiting, academic and career advising, and alumni relations, and to submit career outcomes data and reports to state and federal agencies, the media, professional associations, and accrediting bodies. Partner schools also receive an anonymized national aggregate dataset at six and 12 months post-graduation for use comparing their students to national averages.

“The Outcomes Survey is a rich data source for the more than 120 schools that already use it, offering administrators insights into how their classes fare upon graduation and potentially identifying areas for intervention,” said Matt Berndt, Vice President of CSO Research, Inc. “For students and parents, the national survey offers the type of comparable data that is necessary to make informed decisions on what and where they study based on potential career tracks.”

Read the full press release >

Tradeshows and Conferences

Where will the CSO team be in 2015?

The 2015 conference season is in full swing! Members of the CSO team will be exhibiting and/or presenting at the following conferences – if you’re attending, stop by our booth and say hello!

TV winner - Laurie Hollister NYIT

The TV winner at NACE – Laurie from NYIT

iPod winner - Vicki from Lafayette College

iPod winner at EACE – Vicky from Lafayette College

iPod winner - Charles from University of Baltimore

iPod winner at EACE – Charles from University of Baltimore

MBA CSEA Global Conference – Dallas, TX
June 23 – 26, 2015  |

NCDA Global Conference – Denver, CO
June 30 – July 2, 2015  |

MWACE Annual Conference – Chicago, IL
July 20 – 22, 2015  |

SoACE Annual Conference – Austin, TX
December 6 – 9, 2015  |

MPACE Annual Conference – Anaheim, CA
December 9 – 11, 2015  |

Your CSO System is going to look a little different … very soon!

New visual enhancements are coming to the CSO System.

Great news!  We are getting ready to release visual enhancements to the CSO System that will benefit you and your users!

What do the visual enhancements include?

A clean font, a refreshed color scheme, and simplified icons are a few of the visual enhancements that are coming very soon for all users of your CSO System – students/alumni, employers, administrators, faculty and mentors.

Zero learning curve!

You and your users won’t need to learn anything new – all features and functions will remain in the same places, they’ll just have a fresh new look. Even our seven free student color themes have been updated!*

*The free color themes are only available for sites using Student Version 2.0. For information about the Student Version 2.0 and instructions for scheduling your upgrade, contact CSO Support.

Follow the 2015 EU-USA Career Services Tour on Social Media!

Watch for the #ExpandingHorizonsTour hashtag to follow and join this unique discussion.

EU-USA Career Services Tour

2015 EU-USA Career Services Tour: Expanding Horizons – Exchanging Ideas – Building Opportunity
Sponsored by CSO Research, Inc., The University of Groningen & Universum

On May 28, representatives of the University of Groningen (the Netherlands), the University of Padua (Italy) and the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) will begin a week-long journey through California, meeting with career center professionals at Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the University of Southern California, and connecting with recruiters in the Silicon Valley and southern California in this first annual international exchange. Led by Mason Gates of CSO Research, Inc., this EU contingent will connect with their peers and partners in the USA to:

  • explore best practices for career services delivery, employer relations and campus recruiting;
  • exchange ideas about the evolving world of work and the implications for career services providers;
  • build professional relationships

Topics will include career coaching strategies, career services delivery models, entrepreneurism, workforce globalization, technology and big data. The tour will then conclude in Anaheim on June 2 when tour participants join the other 1000+ career services and recruiting professionals attending the 2015 Annual Conference of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.