ERIC Number: ED195317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-21
Reference Count: 0
The Alumni--An Untapped Reservoir of Support.
Kopecek, Robert J.
As their graduates assume increasingly powerful civic and career positions, community colleges should utilize alumni as potential sources of fiscal and community support. To do so requires an alumni affairs organization through which the college and its alumni can be of help to each other. Colleges can provide former students with opportunities for involvement in alumni or advisory committees and can offer continuous services in the areas of placement, lifelong learning, continuing professional education, and job retraining. Alumni, for their part, can donate money and real property and can aid the college in developing political support, fostering positive public opinion, recruiting new students, identifying employment opportunities for graduates, and locating possible donors to the college. Though there is no established formula for success in alumni affairs, several guidelines should be followed: (1) the president and entire college community should be committed to the endeavor; (2) a staff person should be assigned to alumni affairs; (3) funding must be made available; (4) a newsletter or other form of communication with alumni should be established; and (5) faculty should retain contact with former students. Such efforts ensure that the college provides adequate service to a sizable portion of its constituency. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the "Creating New Markets" Conference of the National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education (October 20-22, 1980, Danvers, MA)