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This study investigated the role of alumni in the financial support of higher education, explored student involvement as a means for understanding alumni involvement, and reported on the effects of having a student alumni association. Twenty-eight of 80 alumni associations contacted participated in the survey, and each of these had a student alumni association. Representatives of these associations completed the Student Alumni Association Questionnaire online and returned a hard copy. The average age of the responding organizations was 16 years. At one end of the continuum were student alumni associations consisting of a large group of student members, and at the other end were student alumni associations restricted to a small group of student leaders. Research studies have shown that alumni who are financial contributors to their alma maters are also likely to have involvement with their alma mater. This study supported the proposition that the level of alumni involvement is linked to the basic perception and relationship of each alumna/alumnus to the alma mater. The overall conclusion from the survey is that student alumni associations are a relatively inexpensive and very effective means of educating and interacting with the student population. (Contains 27 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Alumni Associations, College Graduates, College Students, Financial Support, Higher Education, Participation

Autor: Gaier, Scott E.


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