The 2020-2021 academic year was far from ordinary and presented numerous challenges, including the ability to support student success in a virtual learning environment. We discovered remote learning enabled our ability to maximize a previously underutilized resource in attaining student success, our alumni. Utilizing a model developed by Travis York, that includes student engagement, satisfaction, and post college performance in addition to more traditional measures (academic achievement, learning objectives, and persistence) as attaining student success, we present three virtual contexts where alumni interacted with current students. These interpersonal engagements achieved positive impact from both students and alumni as evidenced by student quantitative and qualitative surveys, event attendance records, and alumni reflection. Highly applicable to any program with an alumni base, we conclude with considerations for future collaborations between alumni and students.
Dean, K. W., & Jendzurski, M. B. (2021). Achieving Student Success through Alumni Re-activation: A Virtual Interpersonal Engagement Approach. Journal of Access, Retention, and Inclusion in Higher Education, 4(1). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/jarihe/vol4/iss1/7