Data protection


What is the purpose of the access code?

Each graduate receives a randomly generated access code. With this code participants can access the online questionnaire (sufficiently protecting it from unauthorized access).

What happens to my answers?

During the data collection phase of the survey, your answers will be saved in a database on a server of the university computer centre in Kassel. Personal data, like your address and your e-mail address (if applicable) will not be saved in this database to ensure the anonymity of your answers.

INCHER-Kassel will create a university-spanning dataset that includes the answers from the questionnaires of all graduates of the participating universities. Addresses will not be included in this dataset. The anonymous answers from the survey will be analyzed and results be published only for scientific purposes in the framework of higher education and graduate research. Inferences on individual universities or persons are impossible in any of INCHER-Kassel's publications.

Can I be identified through inference of characteristics like e.g. my field of study and institution?

For the display of results we make sure that individuals cannot be identified. If, for example, in a field of study there is only one female graduate, results for this field will not be given separated by gender.

What happens to my address data?

Your address data will be saved in a database together with your access code, that you received either per e-mail or letter. Your answers in the questionnaire will be saved independently. Your address data is needed in order to, send you a report of the survey's results and your participation in a follow-up survey in a few years, upon request. Personal data will not be given to third parties in any case.

Where does the university get my address data?

The addresses of graduates at the time of graduation were collected and saved by the university in accordance with the statutes on personal data collection and processing. This data was used here exclusively for the purpose of this survey and given to the coordinators of the project at your university.

Why is the university allowed to use my address data for this graduate survey?

Address data may only be transferred and processed within the university for scientific purposes or in order to fulfill the tasks of the university. Both conditions are met within the framework of this graduate survey:

1.) The graduate survey at the university is part of a nationwide scientific research project under the coordination of INCHER-Kassel that encompasses about 70 universities. Within the framework of the nationwide cooperation project "Study Conditions and Professional Success" INCHER is creating a complete dataset including the answers of all graduates of the participating universities and analyses the anonymized data exclusively for scientific purposes in the field of higher education and graduate research.

2.) The results of the survey are supposed to be used in the universities for the purpose of research and quality management in teaching and study.

Saved address data will not be used for any purpose beyond inviting and reminding to participate in the graduate survey.

Address data will be processed by employees of the university only.

All employees who have access to personal data during the project are subject to current data protection laws. In this context, providing address data to third parties is strictly prohibited which is still valid, even after these employees no longer work for the university.

What is INCHER-Kassel?

The International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel) is an interdisciplinary research facility of the University of Kassel. The centre is active in the field of higher education research for 30 years now and enjoys a very good reputation in this field worldwide. You can find information on the research project and INCHER-Kassel at:

All employees of INCHER-Kassel are subject to current data protection laws. This means that they are strictly prohibited to give address data to third parties, too.