Alumni Engagement and Career Services

Structure, Implementation, and Assessment of Services for Blended Executive Master’s Programs

Summary

This research explores how administrators structure and provide alumni engagement and career services for executive master’s programs, with a focus on blended programs (i.e., in-person and online delivery). We consider which services current students and alumni may access in executive master’s programs, how institutions provide and advertise services to students and alumni, and how administrators ensure that alumni and career services are innovative and impactful.

Key Observations from our Research

1. Most profiled institutions locate alumni engagement and career services for executive master’s programs within the programs’ colleges or schools (e.g., school of business, school of public policy).

2. Alumni relations staff at profiled institutions coordinate events with alumni chapters, organize workshops and social events, connect alumni with current students, and provide lifelong learning opportunities to engage executive master’s program alumni.

3. Executive master’s students and alumni at profiled institutions may access one-on-one career advising appointments, workshops, webinars, and online resources (e.g., job search websites).

4. To effectively serve remote and global student and alumni populations, administrators at profiled institutions primarily deliver alumni engagement and career services in online formats.

5. Administrators at profiled institutions plan to increase online offerings and experiment with innovative delivery methods to provide alumni engagement and career services to executive master’s students and alumni.

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