Consortium on Graduate Communication: Membership Survey

Thank you for joining the Consortium on Graduate Communication.

Please tell us about yourself and your institution's graduate support program(s). We will compile this information into a database of graduate program options and use it to help plan future Consortium events. Please read the consent letter below, which has been approved by the University of Delaware Institutional Review Board, and click CONTINUE at the bottom of the page. You may join the Consortium without participating in the research by not completing the second page of questions.

Thank you!
Nigel Caplan & Michelle Cox, Co-Chairs

You are being asked to participate in a research study. This page tells you about the study including its purpose, what you will do if you decide to participate, and any risks and benefits of being in the study. Please read the information below and ask the research team questions about anything we have not made clear before you decide whether to participate. Your participation is voluntary and you can refuse to participate or withdraw at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. A copy of this page is available from the researchers on request.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?
The purpose of this study is to collect information about the types of (post-)graduate support provided at different institutions of higher education.
You are being asked to take part in this study because you are completing the membership application for the Consortium on Graduate Communication.

WHAT WILL YOU BE ASKED TO DO?
You will be asked to complete the survey with information about your work and your program. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE RISKS AND DISCOMFORTS?
Although we will ask you to provide your name and email address in order to join the Consortium, these data will not be attached to your responses for the purposes of analysis, publication, or presentations.

WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS?
You will benefit from this study because you will be able to see responses from all members of the Consortium. You might be able to use this information to improve your own program and practices. This information will also benefit the broader community of graduate educators by promoting best practices and collaboration in future research.

HOW WILL CONFIDENTIALITY BE MAINTAINED?
We will make every effort to keep all research records that identify you confidential to the extent permitted by law. In the event of any publication or presentation resulting from the research, no personally identifiable information will be shared. Your responses to this survey will be stored in a password-protected Google document and will be deleted after 3 years.
Your research records may be viewed by the University of Delaware Institutional Review Board, but the confidentiality of your records will be protected to the extent permitted by law.
There are no costs or compensation associated with this study.

DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?
Taking part in this research study is entirely voluntary. You do not have to participate in this research. If you choose to take part, you have the right to stop at any time. If you decide not to participate or if you decide to stop taking part in the research at a later date, there will be no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. Your refusal will not influence current or future relationships with the University of Delaware or the Consortium on Graduate Communication. You will still be able to join the Consortium by providing just your name and email address.
WHO SHOULD YOU CALL IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?
If you have any questions about this study, please contact the Principal Investigator, Nigel Caplan at nacaplan@udel.edu.
If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the University of Delaware Institutional Review Board at 302-831-2137.

By completing this survey, you are agreeing to take part in this research study. You have been informed about the study’s purpose, procedures, possible risks and benefits. You have been given the opportunity to ask questions about the research and those questions have been answered.