Whether you are the head of an academic institution, or you are an administrator, understanding how alumni view the experiences they had with your college or university can be extremely important.
Knowing if past students found their experience rewarding and valuable can help you gauge the future success of your institution. But how can you find out how graduates feel about your college or university? The easiest way is by conducting an alumni survey.
These surveys are specifically designed to ask your alumni pertinent questions regarding their thoughts, opinions, and attitudes about your place of higher education. They can be custom-tailored to your specific needs, and can easily be distributed via email or showcased on your website using online survey software.
The results of one or more alumni surveys can provide you with invaluable information. Here’s a look at some of the reasons why you should consider creating and distributing this type of survey tool for your past graduates.
1) Find Out About Teaching Practices
Through a survey, you can learn how graduates who have attended your university or college feel about the teaching practices they experienced. You can then take that information and make necessary changes, or simply have peace of mind knowing that your educational approaches are working.
For example, if many alumni report that they think teaching practices could be improved, you can assess what type of approaches need improvement, and work to make those changes.
2) Understand if Students’ Gained Valuable Information
Did your past students gain the information and knowledge that they needed to help them succeed in their careers? Have they been able to apply what they have learned in the real world?
A survey will enable you to find out this information. Should the results of the survey illustrate that past students were not satisfied, or did not gain enough valuable information and knowledge through your courses, you can modify those courses to better the education current and future students will receive.
3) Learn if Alumni Would Consider Donating
Donations are an important aspect for the success of an institution of continuing education. Through an alumni survey, you can discover whether or not students who have graduated from your school will be willing to make donations, and if so, to what areas.
The funds that are donated can be used to improve academics, provide better tools and materials, and improve the overall experience of those who are presently enrolled in your institution, and those who will enroll in the future.
4) Understand Post-Graduate Employment Statistics
The major goal of any college or university it to provide its’ students with the knowledge that the need to successfully obtain postgraduate employment. By conducting an alumni survey, your institution can find out how many past graduates are working in their chosen fields. You can utilize this information to adjust your approaches, including the courses you offer, and the teaching methods that are used.
An alumni survey can prove to be a highly valuable tool for an institution of higher learning, making it possible to make changes and improve your school.