Mar 06, 2014
Humboldt State alumni are happy with their education, likely to recommend HSU to another person and are among the most loyal alumni in the Cal State System, according to the 2013 Alumni Attitudes Survey conducted by the Performance Enhancement Group, Ltd.
Humboldt State University, along with 18 other CSU campuses, recently participated in a survey that polled alumni about their thoughts and feelings relating to their alma mater.
For HSU, 20,337 surveys were delivered and 1,746 responses were received for an overall response rate of 8.59 percent. HSU has more than 60,000 living alumni in the United States.
In March, Rob Shoss, Managing Consultant of PEG, Ltd., presented findings from the survey to the Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation Board, representatives from the divisions of Student Affairs and University Advancement, department chairs and the University Executive Committee.
Here are highlights from the survey’s findings:
“I’m not at all surprised by these findings,” said Christy Khattab, director of Alumni and Constituent Relations at HSU. “After traveling across the country meeting with alumni at HSU’s Centennial Roadshows, I’m convinced our alumni are among the most loyal and dedicated alumni anywhere.”
However, alumni did indicate there are areas where Humboldt State can work to improve. Younger alumni–the survey divided alumni by era of engagement, with categories such as “Post Vietnam,” “Watergate Era,” “Post 9/11,” etc.—indicated HSU can do a better job preparing them for their careers.
Regarding communication, most alumni have read Humboldt magazine or an alumni newsletter. Few, however, have returned to campus for reunions or sports events. In the report’s summary, PEG, Ltd., wrote “The survey illuminates that alumni still want to know that their association is having events and that important things are happening. Therefore, communications about successful outcomes of events can be an important gage of the success of an event, possibly more so than the number of attendants.”
Humboldt State has taken note of those findings. In the 2008 Alumni Attitudes Survey, participants indicated HSU was failing to take advantage of email. In 2012, participants positively rated the amount and quality of email HSU sends to alumni, especially regarding regional alumni events.
Finally, alumni are clear they want more help identifying job opportunities for graduates and chances to mentor current students.
“We’re pleased to hear these results, and to know HSU alumni are happy with their time here. We’ll study this feedback to enhance current programs and services with the goal of giving alumni even more reasons to support Humboldt State University,” Khattab said.
View the HSU Alumni Attitudes Survey slideshow presentation here (PDF).