ERIC Number: ED337098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Listening to Your Alumni: One Way To Assess Academic Outcomes.
This paper briefly reviews the early efforts at forming alumni associations and organizing alumni reunions, describes a number of the more recent alumni surveys used in assessment activities, and concludes with suggestions for conducting such surveys. First, pre-1980 alumni surveys that attempted to measure college outcomes are discussed. Next, a list of the goals and measures of institutional effectiveness (from a 1980-1989 literature review) is provided. Assessment efforts are examined that attempted to measure school effectiveness through evaluation of alumni careers, as well as efforts to measure the satisfaction alumni felt concerning their liberal arts education. Next, a discussion of comprehensive alumni studies from the State University of New York, Albany; Tufts University (Massachusetts); and Georgetown University (District of Columbia) are provided, as well as a comparative analysis of the rankings given from each survey of the three most important abilities and skills common to all three surveys and that of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education. The use of standardized alumni surveys from the American College Testing Service, the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, and the College Board are also discussed. The paper concludes with methodological considerations and suggestions for conducting an alumni survey to assess educational outcomes. Contains 38 references and a 57-item bibliography. (GLR)
Descriptors: Alumni, Alumni Associations, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, Evaluation Research, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Measurement Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, School Effectiveness
The Association for Institutional Research, 314 Stone Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-3038.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research.
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