Date Approved

6-29-2020

Embargo Period

6-30-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Tinnin, Andrew

Second Advisor

McCombs, Tyrone

Third Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Subject(s)

Rowan University--Alumni and alumnae

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The role of this study is to research the role that student involvement plays on alumni engagement. In an attempt to answer the following questions, a case study was conducted looking at the engagement and giving records of 10 randomly selected profiles from the graduating classes of 2016 through 2019 (N = 40) as well as reviewing the involvement patterns of the general qualifying student population within the ProfLink student involvement platform (N = 4237) and the qualifying engaged population (N = 805). What is the relationship between undergraduate co-curricular experiences and a student's engagement as alumni? What types of specific student involvements have the greatest impact on alumni engagement? What role do student demographics such as major, gender, race/ethnicity, and university housing status have in later engagement as alumni? Lastly what is the relationship between undergraduate co-curricular experiences and monetary vs non-monetary engagement as alumni? Comparison between engaged and non-engaged alumni revealed that the engaged population showed higher rates of per person involvement (N = 2.98) vs (N = 3.59). This group also had a higher percentage of white students (N = 83.11% ) than the general population (N = 70.99%) and showed more involvement with Leadership roles (N = 7.91%) vs (N = 7.24%).

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