Survey: Just 9% of graduates find alumni networks helpful

Education Dive | January 15, 2019

Just 9% of graduates say their undergraduate alumni networks have been helpful or very helpful in their career so far, according to the Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey of more than 5,100 respondents. More than two-thirds (69%) said their networks were neither helpful nor unhelpful, while 22% said they had been unhelpful or very unhelpful.The survey found slight differences between graduates of higher- and lower-ranked schools. Of those who attended colleges within the top 50 of U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking, 16% said they found their alumni networks helpful, compared to 10% of those who attended institutions ranked from 51 to 100 and 8% from those ranked outside the top 100.Stephanie Marken, executive director of education research at Gallup and the paper's co-author, said the survey aimed to investigate elite institutions' claims that their alumni networks would land students a job after graduation. Yet the report found differences among students' satisfaction with their networks to be "relatively minor and unlikely to offset the significant differences in tuition costs."

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In order to be truly effective, all education technology adopted in your school or district needs to meet a few simple but important criteria. It must: prioritize student safety and data privacy match your specific needs to ensure relevance and usefulness be purposefully integrated into your budget. Asking these three key questions will help you clearly understand your edtech investments.

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In order to be truly effective, all education technology adopted in your school or district needs to meet a few simple but important criteria. It must: prioritize student safety and data privacy match your specific needs to ensure relevance and usefulness be purposefully integrated into your budget. Asking these three key questions will help you clearly understand your edtech investments.

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