ERIC Number: ED321804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Two-Year College Alumni Associations: Topical Problem Paper.
Craig, Ford M.
One form of linkage between the two-year college and its community is a college alumni group. A review of the literature indicates that two-year college alumni organizations do not have a long history, and those which do exist are very recent creations. They can benefit the college by: (1) providing a good form of external public relations for institutions; (2) helping in various forms of fund raising; (3) prompting institutions to maintain current address and phone data, thus making follow-up studies easier; (4) offering scholarships for incoming students; and (5) serving as a source of volunteer help when needed. Their members can serve a valuable function as advisors on curriculum committees, and as resource people on career days. According to the literature, alumni appear to be attracted by at least three general groupings of activities: social events, such as travel tours and reunions; productive or functional events, such as committee service and fund raising; and fringe benefits, including preferential access to libraries and athletic events. Important guideposts to the creation of an effective alumni organization include getting the college president's support, assigning a staff member to guide alumni affairs, and developing a newsletter to keep alumni informed. (JMC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Graduate seminar paper, Nova University.