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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.

 

Alumni Associations Celebrate Halloween

With Halloween festivities in full swing, nine schools in the Alumni Monitor coverage group hosted pumpkin painting events, costume contests and other themed events. After a review of all these celebrations, four stood out for their alum engagement and creativity: 1. Babson’s Instagram Challenge In the #BabsonHalloween Instagram Contest, the school selected its favorite seasonal […]

Topics: Alumni Events 

A Strong Start for A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence Campaign

Launched on July 1, 2016, Penn State’s A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence campaign aims to raise $1.6 billion to increase student access and affordability programs (e.g., scholarships); invest in transformative experiences, such as study abroad programs, digital infrastructure and the arts and humanities; and create programs to help transform students into leaders […]

Topics: Fundraising 

Alumni Monitor’s Campaign Tracker Review for September 2017

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 […]

Topics: Giving 

Help for Houston: Schools Respond to Hurricane Harvey

An estimated 500,000 college students have been impacted in some way by Hurricane Harvey, whether through cancelled classes or damage to vehicles and residences. In response, schools both within and outside of Houston are addressing their communities with resources and avenues to donate or help. The University of Houston and Rice University, two schools directly […]

Topics: Fundraising 

Alumni Monitor’s Campaign Tracker Review for August 2017

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 […]

Topics: Alumni 

The Final Countdown to June 30: A Case Study of William and Mary’s 31% Undergraduate Alumni Participation Challenge

Toward the end of fiscal year 2017, colleges and universities within the Alumni Monitor coverage group promoted giving challenges, gift giveaways and crowdfunding projects to garner additional support before the June 30th giving deadline. William and Mary launched an undergraduate alumni participation challenge to help increase the participation rate to 31% from last year’s 28.7%. Though […]

Social Media Contests Engage Supporters During Giving Days

In our recent brief, Creative Ways for Giving Days: New Techniques to Improve Results, Corporate Insight presents five innovative features from giving days hosted between February and April 2017. The report draws from our Alumni Monitor Updates, which track 45 colleges and universities with a wide range of endowment sizes. Here, we highlight key strategies […]

Topics: Giving Days 

University of Virginia’s Swift Response to the Violence in Charlottesville

Following a violent white supremacist rally at the University of Virginia and the subsequent murder of a counterprotestor, schools are addressing their communities, students, parents and alumni across email, social media posts, magazine articles and press releases. UVA addressed the violence on its campus immediately, assuring alumni and supporters that the campus is a safe […]

CASE Summit 2017 Review

Held in San Francisco, this year’s CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement explored the integration and impact of digital technologies. Conference speakers and thought leaders emphasized the need for collaboration between university groups to transform schools in a time of uncertainty and scrutiny, noting that technology in particular can help develop engaged students into engaged […]

Topics: Alumni 

How Schools Can Address Declining Student Attendance at Athletic Events

Since 2009, colleges and universities have observed a disturbing decline in average student attendance at football games, with a 7.1% average decrease across the board. This alarming trend is highlighted in a Bloomberg Businessweek article that cites recent statistics revealing average student attendance at Football Bowl Series, the top-tier of NCAA football, dropped for the […]

Topics: Special Events