Informed Consent

December, 2018

Dear participant:

I am conducting a research project entitled “Factors Influencing Curriculum in 2- and 4-year Undergraduate Cybersecurity Programs” as part of my dissertation at Dakota State University.

The purpose of the study is to determine what factors influence the adoption of new curriculum in 2- and 4-year undergraduate programs based on decision models. The study is significant in that understanding curriculum adoption precursors will help government, industry, and academic standards bodies to advance cybersecurity education in a constantly changing environment.

As a member of faculty, staff, or administration with influence over cybersecurity curriculum, you are invited to participate in the study by completing the online survey. We realize that your time is valuable and have attempted to keep the requested information as brief and concise as possible. It will take you approximately 20 minutes of your time. Your participation in this project is voluntary. You may withdraw from the study at any time without consequence.

There are no known risks to you for participating in this study. The study’s outcomes could be important in advancing cybersecurity education in institutions like yours.

Your responses are strictly confidential. Quantitative data will be analyzed statistically and presented in aggregate, with no linkage to your name, title, or any other identifying item. Qualitative data will be analyzed thematically and presented in aggregate. When presented in quoted form, qualitative data will be anonymized by removing any identifying characteristics or proper nouns.

Your consent is implied by the return of the completed questionnaire. Please keep this letter for your information.  If you have any questions, now or later, you may contact us at the number below.  Thank you very much for your time and assistance.

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant in this study, you may contact The Dakota State University Institutional Review Board at 605-256-5038 or at


Todd Whittaker
245 E. Schrock Rd, Westerville, OH 43081

Question Title

* Do you consent to take the survey?