ERIC Number: ED211006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Finding Lost Alumni: Tracing Methods Used by 19 Institutions.
Techniques used by large and small institutions to trace and keep track of alumni are outlined, based on data from a national survey. Additionally, two articles on recordkeeping are presented. For 19 of the 27 institutions surveyed, information is provided on: institutional data regarding alumni population, staff assigned to tracing lost alumni, tracing processes, reinitiating contact with found alumni, and preventive measures. The institutions were asked whether they had used outside agencies to help trace alumni, what factors affected this decision, and their experiences with such agencies, which take the form of tracer companies and alumni directory publishing firms. Overall, the experiences of institutions that have used outside agencies were not encouraging. Among the factors affecting the process of locating lost alumni are the following: historical accuracy of records, data collected on alumni, demographic distribution of alumni, definition of an alumnus, nature of alumnus's degree, and institutional prestige. Sample tracing cards and questionnaires are appended, along with the following articles: "The Great Alumni Trace: Out of the Files and into the Computer," (Joyce Baggerly); and "'Lost' Donors: 90 Percent May Be Recoverable," (Fund-Raising Institute). (SW)
Descriptors: Alumni, Alumni Associations, College Graduates, Data Collection, Geographic Distribution, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Population Distribution, Recordkeeping, Research Methodology, School Surveys, Student Records, Universities
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Historical Materials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Washington, DC.; Syracuse Univ., NY. Development Office.