Alumni networks less helpful than advertised

January 18, 2019

Many universities boast about how influential their alumni networks are in ensuring students are gainfully employed upon graduation. This promise has become so ubiquitous in higher education that there are several publicly available rankings of the most powerful alumni networks. These networks are often ranked based upon alumni donorship rates.

It is clear why colleges and universities boast about these strong networks: Career-related reasons are the single most frequently mentioned reason college students report attending higher education in the first place, and most Americans believe completing a college degree is essential to getting a good job. Additionally, having a good job upon graduation has been consistently demonstrated as critical to graduates’ long-term success.

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