Survey of American College Students: View of the Alumni Association

  • ID: 4587284
  • Report
  • Region: North America, United States
  • 90 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The study presents data from 1,140 college students from 4-year colleges in the United States concerning their view of the college alumni association.  The 90-page report gives detailed information on the type and percentage of students who have been mentored by alumni vs student peers, graduate students and faculty/staff.  It also gives detailed data on the extent to which undergraduates feel that they have benefited from the college alumni association, and whether or not they wish to join when they graduate.   The report also gives targeted information on the percentage of undergraduates who expect to go to their first class reunion, and just how beneficial they feel a link with the alumni association will be for their future careers.  The report provides college and university departments of alumni services, alumni associations and college advancement professionals a means to benchmark their own internal data vs. a national sample.

Data in the report is presented in the aggregate and then broken out separately for sixteen different variables including but not limited to: college grades, gender, income level, year of college standing, SAT/ACT scores, regional origin, age, sexual orientation, race & ethnicity, college major and other personal variables, and by Carnegie class, enrollment size and public/private status of the survey participants institutions of higher education.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • 59% of undergraduates say that they have not had much contact with the college alumni association
  • Males were generally much more apt than females to value contact with the alumni association; more than 24% of men but only 17.2% of women found the alumni association useful or very much so.
  • Except for far-right students, the more left wing politically the student the more likely that they had been mentored by faculty or staff.  Also, the better a student’s grades, the more likely they were to seek out faculty or staff mentoring.
  • Individuals who grew up in major cities were much more likely alumni association joiners than those raised virtually anywhere else
  • Gay students were much more likely than straight ones to have had an alumni mentorship.
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SURVEY OF AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS:  VIEW OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

THE QUESTIONNAIRE
Characteristics of the Sample

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS
Undergraduate Students Perception of Degree of Contact With and Derivation of Benefits
from the Alumni Association
Undergraduate Experience of Mentorship by Alumni
Undergraduate Experience of Being Mentored by a Student Peer
Undergraduate Experience of Mentorship by Graduate Students
Undergraduate Experience of Mentorship by Faculty or Staff
Undergraduates View of the Helpfulness of the Alumni Association for Reaching Career Goals
Do You Expect to Join the Alumni Association When You Graduate?
Will You Attend Your First College Reunion After You Graduate?

List of Tables
Table 1.1 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni?
Table 1.2 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 1.3 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 1.4 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
Table 1.5 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by college year class standing
Table 1.6 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by approximate student family annual income
Table 1.7 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant
Table 1.8 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant
Table 1.9 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant
Table 1.10 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant
Table 1.11 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by gender of the survey participant
Table 1.12 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out for students in public or private colleges
Table 1.13 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant
Table 1.14 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant
Table 1.15 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant
Table 1.16 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant
Table 1.17 How much do you feel you have benefited from contact with your college'salumni? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant
Table 2 While at your current college have you been mentored by any of the following tohelp you navigate future life choices in education or work?
Table 2.1.1 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work?
Table 2.1.2 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by age of surveyparticipant
Table 2.1.3 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out for survey participantsfrom rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 2.1.4 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out regional origins of thesurvey participant
Table 2.1.5 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by college year classstanding
Table 2.1.6 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by approximate studentfamily annual income
Table 2.1.7 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by degree of religiosity ofthe survey participant
Table 2.1.8 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by type of political beliefsof the survey participant
Table 2.1.9 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by college grades of thesurvey participant
Table 2.1.10 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by current or likely collegemajor of the survey participant
Table 2.1.11 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by gender of the surveyparticipant
Table 2.1.12 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out for students in public orprivate colleges
Table 2.1.13 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by type of domestichousing arrangement of the survey participant
Table 2.1.14 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by employmentcircumstance of the survey participant
Table 2.1.15 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by sexual orientation of thesurvey participant 
Table 2.1.16 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of thesurvey participant
Table 2.1.17 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by racial or ethnic identityof the survey participant
Table 2.2.1 Have you been mentored by Student Peer to help you navigate future lifechoices in education or work at your current college?
Table 2.2.2 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by age of surveyparticipant
Table 2.2.3 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out for survey participantsfrom rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 2.2.4 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out regional origins of thesurvey participant
Table 2.2.5 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by college year classstanding
Table 2.2.6 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by approximate studentfamily annual income
Table 2.2.7 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by degree of religiosity ofthe survey participant
Table 2.2.8 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by type of political beliefsof the survey participant
Table 2.2.9 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by college grades of thesurvey participant
Table 2.2.10 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by current or likelycollege major of the survey participant
Table 2.2.11 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by gender of thesurvey participant
Table 2.2.12 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out for students in publicor private colleges
Table 2.2.13 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by type of domestichousing arrangement of the survey participant
Table 2.2.14 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by employmentcircumstance of the survey participant
Table 2.2.15 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by sexual orientationof the survey participant
Table 2.2.16 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by ACT or SAT scoresof the survey participant
Table 2.2.17 Have you been mentored at your present college by student peer to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by racial or ethnicidentity of the survey participant
Table 2.3.1 Have you been mentored at your present college by alumni to help younavigate future life choices in education or work?
Table 2.3.2 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by age of surveyparticipant
Table 2.3.3 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out for survey participantsfrom rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 2.3.4 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out regional origins of thesurvey participant
Table 2.3.5 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by college year classstanding
Table 2.3.6 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by approximatestudent family annual income
Table 2.3.7 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by degree of religiosityof the survey participant
Table 2.3.8 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by type of politicalbeliefs of the survey participant
Table 2.3.9 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student to helpyou navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by college grades ofthe survey participant
Table 2.3.10 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student tohelp you navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by current orlikely college major of the survey participant
Table 2.3.11 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student tohelp you navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by gender of thesurvey participant
Table 2.3.12 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student tohelp you navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out for students inpublic or private colleges
Table 2.3.13 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student tohelp you navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by type ofdomestic housing arrangement of the survey participant
Table 2.3.14 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student tohelp you navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by employmentcircumstance of the survey participant
Table 2.3.15 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student tohelp you navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by sexualorientation of the survey participant
Table 2.3.16 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student tohelp you navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by ACT or SATscores of the survey participant
Table 2.3.17 Have you been mentored at your current college by graduate student tohelp you navigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by racial or ethnicidentity of the survey participant
Table 2.4.1 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work?
Table 2.4.2 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by age of surveyparticipant
Table 2.4.3 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out for survey participantsfrom rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 2.4.4 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out regional origins of thesurvey participant
Table 2.4.5 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by college year classstanding
Table 2.4.6 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by approximate studentfamily annual income
Table 2.4.7 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by degree of religiosity ofthe survey participant
Table 2.4.8 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by type of political beliefsof the survey participant
Table 2.4.9 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by college grades of thesurvey participant
Table 2.4.10 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by current or likely collegemajor of the survey participant
Table 2.4.11 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by gender of the surveyparticipant
Table 2.4.12 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out for students in public orprivate colleges
Table 2.4.13 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by type of domestichousing arrangement of the survey participant
Table 2.4.14 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by employmentcircumstance of the survey participant
Table 2.4.15 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by sexual orientation of thesurvey participant
Table 2.4.16 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of thesurvey participant
Table 2.4.17 Have you been mentored at your current college by faculty/staff to help younavigate future life choices in education or work? Broken out by racial or ethnic identityof the survey participant
Table 3.1 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals?
Table 3.2 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 3.3 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urbanareas of origin
Table 3.4 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
Table 3.5 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by college year class standing
Table 3.6 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by approximate student family annual income
Table 3.7 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant
Table 3.8 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant
Table 3.9 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant
Table 3.10 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant
Table 3.11 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by gender of the survey participant
Table 3.12 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out for students in public or private colleges
Table 3.13 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the surveyparticipant
Table 3.14 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant
Table 3.15 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant
Table 3.16 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant
Table 3.17 How helpful do you expect your college alumni association will be in reachingyour career goals? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant
Table 4.1 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate?
Table 4.2 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate? Brokenout by age of survey participant
Table 4.3 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate? Brokenout for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 4.4 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate? Brokenout regional origins of the survey participant
Table 4.5 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate? Brokenout by college year class standing
Table 4.6 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate? Brokenout by approximate student family annual income
Table 4.7 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate? Brokenout by degree of religiosity of the survey participant
Table 4.8 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate? Brokenout by type of political beliefs of the survey participant
Table 4.9 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate? Brokenout by college grades of the survey participant
Table 4.10 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate?Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant
Table 4.11 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate?Broken out by gender of the survey participant
Table 4.12 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate?Broken out for students in public or private colleges
Table 4.13 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate?Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant
Table 4.14 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate?Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant
Table 4.15 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate?Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant
Table 4.16 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate?Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant
Table 4.17 Do you expect to join your college alumni association when you graduate?Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant If you do become active in your institution's alumni association what role would you like toplay with them? Broken out by students in public or private colleges
Table 5.1 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?
Table 5.2 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by age of survey participant
Table 5.3 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
Table 5.4 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out regional origins of the survey participant
Table 5.5 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by college year class standing
Table 5.6 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by approximate student family annual income
Table 5.7 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant
Table 5.8 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant
Table 5.9 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by college grades of the survey participant
Table 5.10 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant
Table 5.11 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by gender of the survey participant
Table 5.12 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out for students in public or private colleges
Table 5.13 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant
Table 5.14 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant
Table 5.15 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant
Table 5.16 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant
Table 5.17 Do you think you will attend your first college reunion after you graduate?Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant 

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