ERIC Number: ED277435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Two-Year College Alumni Programs into the 1990's.
Kerns, Jennifer R.
By looking at the history and current status of two-year college alumni programs, one can better anticipate and plan for their future. The development of alumni programs at public community and junior colleges has been a recent phenomenon about which there is no repository of information. Within the State University of New York system, 20 of the 30 community colleges have active alumni associations, with 4 of these being particularly successful. In North Carolina, the president of the Department of State Community Colleges is currently supporting a statewide effort to encourage the state's 58 community colleges to develop their alumni organizations. Although such statewide efforts are limited, many states boast very successful programs at individual colleges. On the whole, however, two-year college alumni programs have not been spectacular. Some assume that two-year college graduates have not been in the work force long enough to be able to give financial support to their institution, or that two-year college students who transfer give their support to the four-year institution from which they graduated. Though there is little evidence to support these assumptions, until recently community colleges have not made a substantial commitment to alumni programs. Furthering this commitment will require: (1) top-level administrative support for alumni program development; (2) the development of a body of information about existing two-year college alumni programs; (3) a thorough knowledge of the principles of alumni development that have been used successfully at four-year colleges and how they can be adapated for use at two-year colleges; (4) the establishment of goals for alumni programs that are appropriate to the individual schools; and (5) the investigation of various ways of using alumni networks in fund raising and other forms of institutional support. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Workshop on Two-Year College Alumni Programs of the Junior and Community College Institute (Washington, DC, June 26-27, 1986) and at the Annual Conference of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (3rd, Alexandria, VA, December 9-11, 1986).