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Solution will increase recruiting efficiency and quality of hire to better support its 375,000 students

Berwyn, PA – September 10, 2018 – SkillSurvey, the leading provider of online reference checking, today announced that Minnesota State, the fourth largest public university system in the U.S. with 30 state colleges, 7 state universities and 54 campuses statewide, has selected SkillSurvey’s online reference checking and sourcing solutions to increase recruiting efficiency and learn more about their candidate’s past job performance before hiring.

The colleges and universities of Minnesota State sought a solution that would help streamline the arduous process of reference checking, would be easy to use and provide support for EEOC compliance.

Prior to this selection, three Minnesota State colleges and universities previously selected to partner with SkillSurvey for their reference checking technology given SkillSurvey’s adherence to scientific methodology and rigor. The colleges and universities of Minnesota State worked together to achieve economies of scale.

Jay Nelson, Chief Human Resources Officer at Anoka Technical College, one of the colleges that selected SkillSurvey in advance of the Minnesota State agreement said, “We are very happy working with SkillSurvey because 90% of references respond and we get complete reports in a matter of days. Not only are we saving time, but the quality of the data we receive for each candidate is vastly improved and helps us make better hiring decisions.”

SkillSurvey Reference® is the only online reference checking solution that has been proven to reduce turnover for cause as noted in the peer reviewed article published in the International Journal of Selection and Assessment. The study also provides conclusive evidence that SkillSurvey’s online reference-checking solution addresses compliance concerns by leveraging a structured, job specific and consistent process.

“We are pleased to partner with Minnesota State to offer SkillSurvey’s referencing and sourcing solutions to its colleges and universities” said Ray Bixler, SkillSurvey’s CEO. “SkillSurvey’s technology will enable Minnesota State to enhance its talent selection to make more analytics-driven hiring decisions with predictive data.”

A growing number of higher education institutions are using SkillSurvey solutions to improve their hiring. Clients include state universities, colleges, community colleges, and systems as well as private institutions, for profit and online universities. SkillSurvey’s library of hundreds of job specific surveys spans higher education specific disciplines from faculty, administrative, executive/leadership, customer service, engineering/IT and staff roles; all requests for feedback can be sent to referees via email or SMS text.

SkillSurvey Reference is used by more than 10,000 recruiters to check references for more than 100,000 candidates each month, and more than 20 million candidates and references have experienced the solution.

To learn more about SkillSurvey’s online reference checking solution, please visit: or contact the company at is

About SkillSurvey®

SkillSurvey applies the science of human behavior and harnesses the power of insights and data to create a fuller picture of the people you recruit and hire. SkillSurvey makes the referencing and credentialing process more efficient and effective — by helping employers save time and money, by onboarding employees faster, and by growing revenues. Visit SkillSurvey at, and on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Minnesota State

Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 375,000 students. It is the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States. Visit Minnesota State at

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