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Alumni Career Services: How alumni networks help everyone win

When Cheryl Bonner arrived in the field of Alumni Career Services in the early 2000s, alumni had just recently started turning back to their alma maters en masse as recovery from the “Dot Com Bubble” was in full swing. At the time, Career Services departments, for the most part, were solely focused on Students, and already spread thin. Providing services to Alumni on top of their existing workload was maxing out a system that was already doing as much as...

Alumni Groups & Volunteer Management White Paper

White Papers brought to you by #TeamTassl Alumni groups hold a unique position in the alumni ecosystem. From regional chapters to industry networks, they can be one of the most impactful ways to connect alumni to their alma maters and to each other. To better understand how schools are leveraging such groups and supporting their alumni leaders, we spoke to alumni professionals from universities with exceptionally strong alumni networks. No two schools' alumni groups programs were the same, yet common...

Where should your alumni network live?

It’s been ingrained in us that our alumni networks are a selling point and major benefit of attending college. There are rankings and metrics like “average salary earned by XYZ alumni in ABC profession,” all of which aim to demonstrate the long-term value of a degree from whichever school is boasting the numbers that make them look the best. However, many alumni networks fall short on their promises of connectedness and opportunity, not for a lack of good intentions,...

Your Alumni Relations Secret Weapon: Professors!

From sports games to spur of the moment campus visits, it can often be hard for Alumni Associations to keep track of when alumni are back on campus. Thankfully, your university has a small army of people who can help: Professors. As you know, many professors do a great job of keeping in touch with their former students. Alums are likely to invite their favorite professors for coffee or lunch when they are back on campus. Some professors will even...

Current Trends in Alumni Relations

This white paper summarizes the results of a survey of 54 colleges and universities across the U.S. of varying sizes and affiliations. The survey was conducted by phone from August to October 2016....