How Great Colleges protects your anonymity

USC pulls a list of random employees from administrator, faculty and staff lists (600 employees) and provides this list to ModernThink. This is the only information that USC will ever have about the survey respondents – the university only knows who the 600 employees are (which is how those 600 receive emails letting them know they’ve been chosen). Everything else is handled by ModernThink, which:

  • Emails a survey link to each randomly-selected employee
  • Collects and stores all of the data on its secure servers
  • Provides a confidential, toll-free hotline which respondents can call anonymously with any questions or concerns
  • Only reports data back to institutions when there are five or more participants in a particular demographic category
  • Reminds respondents before responding to the open-ended questions not to include any self-identifying information