Alumni Survey Results

A lasting alumni impression

Alumni by the numbers

U of S alumni provided their feedback in an online alumni perception survey and the results highlight a favourable view of the University of Saskatchewan.

Over 6,000 alumni completed the online perception survey conducted in December 2012 that measured impressions in four areas: reputation, values and interests, willingness to recommend, and engagement.

Results show 90 per cent of alumni agree the university is an institution they trust, and 85 per cent agree the U of S has an excellent reputation. A majority of responses also indicate that 80 per cent of alumni would recommend the U of S as one of the top institutions to pursue post-secondary education.

“Alumni are proud of their university and its role and reputation in providing quality education and research,” said Judy MacMillan (BSA’79), president of the U of S Alumni Association. In terms of values and interests, 75 per cent of alumni believe the U of S has relevance to their current values and interests.

Scores varied slightly by geographic location and age but remained favourable in overall perception results. “There are now over 138,000 alumni spread throughout the world with the majority in Western Canada,” said MacMillan. “The fact alumni consistently have a favourable impression speaks to their experience at the U of S and how it has shaped their successes.“

The survey also looked at alumni preferences for methods of engagement. Responses will help the university create and maintain opportunities that are appealing and valuable to alumni seeking ways to remain personally connected to campus life and the university as a whole.

Branch events, professional development opportunities and alumni receptions are some examples of engagement activities offered to alumni. Over 65 per cent indicated that all engagement opportunities should include time to visit with former classmates and friends, affirming alumni are looking for more ways to stay connected. MacMillan added, “We also see increased demand for sharing of alumni successes with both university and fellow alumni. To meet this demand, we are exploring the development of an online ‘class notes’ similar to the Green & White pages where alumni can submit and share their stories but without the limitations of print.”

Providing opportunities to share time through volunteering is another popular method of engagement. Results show that, of the alumni who choose to volunteer, 62 per cent give their time so they can make a difference and impact others positively. “Alumni want to share their knowledge and experience, and volunteering can be incredibly rewarding,” said MacMillan, “Volunteering can take many forms from mentoring of recent graduates to leading a branch activity.”

Survey results are being used to help shape alumni programming. MacMillan stated, “Alumni have a special relationship with their alma mater, and we want to foster that relationship as best we can. I encourage all alumni to keep their contact information up-to-date and take advantage of the benefits and services available.”

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