Posted on Aug 16, 2013 in Alumni News and News
It’s that time again! The 2013 KU Alumni Survey is being sent this month to all alumni and friends of KU, so check your inbox! This is only the fourth time the Association has surveyed all alumni, with the other efforts taking place in 2003, 2006 and 2009. The feedback is absolutely invaluable to our efforts, shaping programs and communications for years to come. Here are just a few examples.
- In 2009, alumni across the country told us they wanted more scholarship opportunities and support for legacy students. Since then, we’ve added a new director of legacy relations position, and, thanks to alumni leadership, the Kansas Board of Regents approved the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship for qualifying non-resident children and grandchildren of KU alumni. This year, the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship features the highest award amount among renewable scholarships for non-residents.
- We also listened in 2009 when alumni told us they wanted more networking opportunities. Today, the Association hosts more than 500 events per year with alumni chapters across Kansas and nationally. We’ve even expanded our international network, with alumni events in cities like London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong. These events for alumni, and student events like our “Dinner with a Dozen ‘Hawks” networking dinners, are a great way to connect with Jayhawks. Online, you can network in our growing Linkedin group with more than 18,000 Jayhawks.
- Finally, in our last survey alumni told us how much they value our communications, so we’ve modernized our means of keeping alumni connected, launching a new, mobile-friendly website in 2012. Association members still receive the award-winning Kansas Alumni magazine bimonthly, and now they can read it online when logged into our website. We used email and social media to engage Jayhawks in record numbers last year, because we know that alumni are increasingly active online. As a result, so are we.
Now it’s time to check in with you again. We want to know what you think of these efforts, and where we can improve, so check your inbox and look for the 2013 KU Alumni Survey. The 13-question survey should only take 5 or 10 minutes to complete, and we can’t wait to see what you think.
Where will the results direct our efforts in the coming months? You tell us!
— David Johnston