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CI Higher Education Blog provides our clients with current and upcoming digital trends, news, and insights across higher education on a variety of digital topics including social media, development apps, campaigns, user experience best practices and other hot-button educational issues.

 

University of Virginia Embraces Augmented Reality Technology with New Mobile Feature

While universal adoption of mobile-friendly technology among alumni associations lags behind other industries, University of Virginia’s new mobile app feature looks to reshape how schools spark alumni participation and engagement. Through augmented reality technology, the feature allows alumni to take a video or picture with a 3-D hologram of the university’s mascot, the Cav Man. […]

Engaging Alumni through Hard-Copy Magazines

Infographics convey a large amount of data and provide overviews for university programs, initiatives and achievements. When readers scan a magazine, these visual aids can make a page stand out by incorporating school colors, logos or other recognizable features. In our recent Bringing Magazine Content to Life: A New Era of Alumni Magazines – Volume […]

Alumni Monitor’s Q1 2018 Campaign Tracker Review

As part of its Alumni Monitor service, Corporate Insight publishes a quarterly analysis of comprehensive university giving campaigns gathered through our proprietary campaign data tracking system. The Campaign Tracker offers an in-depth view of how higher education institutions progress toward their stated fundraising goals and highlights the tools, outreach efforts and solicitations that have proven […]

Topics: Fundraising 

Schools Offer Innovative Behind-the-Scenes Views of the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games

As eyes around the world turned to PyeongChang for the Winter Olympics, schools took the opportunity to highlight that athletes and coaches represent not only their country but also their schools, spotlighting attending alums’ success through social media posts and articles. While most schools provided some degree of Olympic coverage with social media posts and […]

Topics: Special Events 

Administering a Successful Alumni Survey: A Case Study of Trinity College

Colleges and universities often survey alumni for feedback on events, website design and overall engagement between alumni and their alma maters. Most recently, Trinity completed a survey to help improve its alumni experience, promoted through an alumni homepage section. The survey—powered by Resonance Research—asked a series of 35 questions to understand how alumni interact with […]

Alumni Associations Spark Participation and Engagement for Valentine’s Day

Colleges and universities are continually looking for ways to spark alumni participation, and Valentine’s Day 2018 is no exception. This month, schools took advantage of the commercial holiday to connect with alumni through personal stories, to enter in sweepstakes and giveaways and to prompt participation in alumni associations. Through email, social media posts and public […]

Topics: Social Media 

Alumni Monitor’s Q4 2017 Campaign Tracker Review

As part of its Alumni Monitor service, Corporate Insight publishes a quarterly analysis of comprehensive university giving campaigns gathered through our proprietary campaign data tracking system. The Campaign Tracker offers an in-depth view of how higher education institutions are progressing toward their stated fundraising goals and highlights the tools, outreach efforts and solicitations that have […]

Donate Online in a Direct, Effortless Manner

In our recent brief, Donate Now: A Look at the Online Giving Process, Corporate Insight showcases three schools’ online giving form processes from start to finish. The report draws from our Alumni Monitor Updates, which track 46 colleges and universities with a wide range of endowment sizes. Here, we highlight best practices for online giving […]

Topics: Giving 

Alumni Associations Celebrate the Holidays

With holiday festivities in full swing, 21 schools in the Alumni Monitor coverage group have produced seasonal greeting videos, hosted themed events, launched giveaways and posted holiday wishes on social media. After a review of all these celebrations, three stand out for their alum engagement and creativity: 1. Seton Hall’s Twitter Giveaways The university launched […]

Topics: Giving  Social Media 

Keep Branding in Mind When Publishing Infographics

In our recent brief, A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: A Review of Infographics in Higher Education, Corporate Insight identifies best practices from five infographics published by alumni associations. The report draws from our Alumni Monitor Updates, which track 46 colleges and universities with a wide range of endowment sizes. Here, we highlight best […]

Topics: Giving