ERIC Number: ED294629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Two-Year College Alumni Programs: Practices and Possibilities.
Bender, Louis W.; And Others
A national survey was conducted to gather information on the status of alumni programs at two-year colleges. Surveys were sent to 422 two-year institutions, requesting information on alumni program operations, formal alumni groups, priorities for alumni activities, awards programs, and fund-raising. Study findings, based on responses from 166 institutions, included the following: (1) 92 colleges reported having an alumni program, and another 49 planned to initiate one; (2) "public relations" was selected as the primary purpose in operating alumni programs by most colleges, followed by "fund-raising" and "identifying a pool of volunteers"; (3) membership dues funded the alumni programs at 46 colleges, while 41 programs were financed by departmental budgets; (4) though only 8 colleges had a full-time person responsible for the program, most programs were staffed by part-time paid employees rather than by volunteers; (5) 78 colleges had formal alumni organizations with a constitution and by-laws; (6) 43 of the 65 respondents providing a definition considered alumni as "anyone who has taken one regular academic, vocational/technical or continuing education/community service course" at the college; (7) the activities assigned highest priority were newsletters sent to all alumni of record, annual meetings, social events, and functions for alumni held prior to regular college events; and (8) less than half of the respondents were involved in activities to raise funds from alumni. Suggestions, warnings, and admonishments to those interested in beginning alumni programs are provided. (MDB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State and Regional Higher Education Center, Florida.; Junior and Community Coll. Inst., Washington, DC.