Better Alumni Outreach Could Help 2-Year Colleges

Community Colleges Could Benefit From Better Alumni Outreach, Survey Finds 1

Matthew Ryan Williams for The Chronicle

Madison Gridley, alumni coordinator at Highline Community College, in Washington State, is its one full-time alumni-relations employee. About 46 percent of two-year colleges have only one person in that role, a survey finds.

Four-year colleges have long made a high priority of maintaining relationships with their alumni, who offer a durable source of support for their alma maters. That hasn't been as much the case at two-year colleges, where even what constitutes an alumnus—someone who earned an associate degree? a guy who took a class once?—varies from institution to institution.

The results of a new