Managing Global Alumni Relations 

This is a guest post by Gretchen Dobson, EdD, Vice President of International Alumni & Graduate Services and Managing Director, Australia at Academic Assembly.

Is your institution making the most of your international alumni network?

How do your efforts stack up to those of your peers? 

These are the questions we are asking this month through a new survey in the hopes of establishing a nationwide benchmark of best practice in international alumni relations management.

Why The American School in London Uses Switchboard

Why The American School in London Uses Switchboard

We're excited to share our first partnership with a school overseas—The American School in London. The K-12 school is internationally recognized, and with about 1,300 students and 13,000 alumni, its community is the size of a small college's.

Hundreds of those alumni are already using the ASL Switchboard to exchange advice and opportunities.

We asked ASL's Director of Online Communications Liz Allen to shared why she and her team chose Switchboard and how they're using it now.

A Platform Is Not a Strategy

A Platform Is Not a Strategy

We all want to find complex problems to have simple solutions.

When alumni relations and career services offices go shopping for digital platforms—or try to implement other new initiatives—they tend to try just that.

Alumni engagement, alumni networking, helping new grads find the right career—these are all complex issues that platforms can help solve but can't solve on their own.

Software can be a part of your strategy, but it will never be a strategy.

Long-Term Greedy: How to Explain the ROI of Alumni Relations to Advancement

Long-Term Greedy: How to Explain the ROI of Alumni Relations to Advancement

Advancement professionals are obsessed with measuring the ROI of their institution’s fundraising efforts. They crave data that will help them do that.

Those of us in alumni relations are equally obsessed with ROI, though we often have a harder time quantifying the return on our investment than our fundraising colleagues. It’s easy enough to calculate the ROI of hiring a new gift officer or running a new campaign. It’s far more difficult to measure the worth of the number of attendees, relationships, and hires that an alumni relations team generates.

It's Time for Advancement and Career Services to Work Together

It's Time for Advancement and Career Services to Work Together

Career Services and Advancement offices have traditionally been separate, neither working together nor reporting to the same leaders. That makes sense, at first glance—what on earth do student services and fundraising have to do with one another?

Well, actually, a lot. That's why some institutions are taking a new tack. These schools recognize that their role in producing positive career outcomes has a major effect on alumni giving down the road. Prosperous alumni are grateful alumni.

Alumni Relations, Career Services, and the Grim Future of LinkedIn Groups

Alumni Relations, Career Services, and the Grim Future of LinkedIn Groups

Recent changes to LinkedIn groups have suffocated their activity made them strikingly less valuable to the career services and alumni relations professionals who rely on them. The future of groups is still in doubt.

LinkedIn started by slashing group moderation tools in late 2015. This year, they redesigned LinkedIn’s interface, hiding groups behind a dropdown menu and removing groups activity from users' main feed. Though LinkedIn employees deny that groups are going away, the recent shutdown of the groups API further shows the feature is not a priority for LinkedIn going forward.