Alumni and Development Analysis Delivered to University of Chicago

February 01, 2010

Last week, Slover Linett presented the results of a custom analysis of alumni survey responses originally collected by COFHE, the Consortium on Financing Higher Education.

The presentation of findings and recommendations was given in Chicago to leaders of the University of Chicago’s alumni and development office, and was videoconferenced to the university’s New York and Washington, DC offices.

This was our first work with COFHE data and proved valuable to the university, which has been a member of the consortium since the 1970s and a Slover Linett client since 1997. The COHFE alumni survey is conducted every four years by each of the 31 highly selective colleges and universities in the consortium, from Amherst to Yale. It covers topics ranging from the undergraduate experience as recalled by the alumni to career outcomes, engagement with the university, and general life satisfaction.

“The great strength of the COFHE research is that it lets you compare your institution to your peers around the country,” says Bill Hayward, Slover Linett’s senior associate for higher education and former head of institutional research at Northwestern University.  “Without that context, leaders have to make assumptions about whether their results are good or not. With COFHE, you can see if you’re a leader or laggard in each area.”

While at Northwestern, Hayward was on the COFHE multi-institution team that wrote the 2008 alumni survey.

The University of Chicago alumni office asked Slover Linett to provide deeper, more tailored analysis of the survey data than COFHE is able to provide in its benchmarked reports. Our analysis revealed that changes the university had made in the undergraduate experience were bearing fruit in higher alumni engagement. We also identified lifestage and cohort differences that will help the alumni and development teams serve different age groups more effectively.

Slover Linett also conducts proprietary alumni research for the university, which are separate from the COFHE surveys.

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