Perhaps you’ve wondered what happened to a particularly gifted student. You wonder how he or she is doing after all these years. Did he go on to medical school and become a surgeon of note? Did she write a great American novel under a pen name you don’t recognize? For many years, your only viable option was to retain the services of a private investigator, which could prove time consuming and costly, and felt a bit smarmy, to boot. Well, you might have hit the jackpot, because there are numerous resources online to make following up on your old students easier and less costly than it had ever been. Here are a few of the most popular. Continue reading
Colleges today are becoming more and more tech savvy. Degrees are becoming more accessible and more advanced. It seems however, that little thought has been put into alumni programs. What additional, supplemental value are colleges providing beyond graduation? How can universities expect continued donations from alumni when many of these former students are still indebted to the school, and receiving no new resources?
In an age of increasing levels of consumer expectations, alumni organizations need to be attentive to alumni expectations while delivering on our service to the institution. In our high-touch field, alumni professionals are uniquely positioned to build affinity for our colleges and universities through stellar customer service, which strengthens our institutions’ brands.
Friends or Funds?
C.A.S.E. Focus Group Dishes Out the Age Old Debate: Is it better to build relationships, or bank accounts?
Summary: Take a moment to consider your alumni association’s main focus. What are your goals? What holds value in your organization? Would you rather have ten thousand members, or ten thousand dollars? On the same hand, do good members make for good earnings? A recent Council for Advancement and Support of Education (C.A.S.E.) focus group collaborated to touch on this topic to determine which is better.
Does anyone have any valuable advice for launching alumni chapters? I have leadership in place for the chapter, but find that they are looking to me for leadership. I want to empower them as leaders of the group and see them make the chapter take off. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
From: Michelle Long
We’re a 20 + year old organization that has not tracked participants or alumni up until now… a daunting task to start gathering information on folks who are no longer active. Thoughts? Suggestions? Experiences?
Thank you in advance!
We’ve written previously about the importance of engaging alumni in international recruitment as well as the process of engaging and enabling brand advocates from among your current students. In today’s post, we revisit the key role – the unique role, even – that alumni can play in international recruitment.
The importance of this topic is underscored by the intensifying competition for qualified, self-funded students in markets around the world.
A few alumni relations-minded folks (from the education arena) are getting together on a call to discuss a topic related to alumni relations (see below). This call-in format will allow you to participate and listen to Q&A and ideas from other institutions. This is not an Alumni Channel sponsored or endorsed event, but simply a resource to share.
Subject: Alumni Newsletters
When: November 12 at 1.00pm Eastern Time (10.00am Pacific Time, 6.00pm UK Time)
Call in details: Conference Dial-in Number: (661) 673-8600
Participant Access Code: 828609#
- How do you send your newsletters out
- Do you use links/pdf and where do you post them
- Do you send out the same newsletter to all constituents
- What do you include in your newsletters, and what has been successful / unsuccessful
- Do you use any specific software for producing newsletters
- Any other questions/suggestions
If you have any questions regarding this call, please contact Sarah Terry at email@example.com.
Alumni Channel is happy to announce that we are finishing a basic donation tracking capability. This feature will allow site administrators to input donation records right from an individual member profile. A ‘donation tracking’ link will take admins to a page that provides an input form for new donations, as well as an edit link for existing records.
Each donation record has the capability to store “Donation Date”, “Amount”, “Reason” (could be used for campaign name, perhaps), “Acknowledgement Date”, and “Notes”.
Future enhancements would include additional reports and query capabilities.
The technology is currently in Beta testing (unlike the National Healthcare web site) and will be rolled out to all our communities toward the end of November 2013.
OCTOBER 7, 2011 | POSTED AT BLOG.BLACKBOARD.COM
When Hazel Matthews joined the Sullivan University team less than three years ago, she realized the university was letting a critical asset- its alumni base- leave campus after graduation without maintaining a connection to the college. As Director of Alumni Affairs, Matthews began to work relentlessly with others in the university to change that entirely- and it has definitely paid off. Sullivan University, a Blackboard client, now boasts a robust network of over 4,500 alumni with an active website and social media presence. Alumni referrals have brought dozens of new students to the university and have led many others to job referrals and professional opportunities beyond the walls of the career college. Continue reading