“The platform itself has given us the opportunity to reconnect with alumni, update records for our users, and provide a service our students and alumni have been asking for. We are seeing the connections across the generations between our students and alumni.”
Alumni Engagement, Cal State Fullerton
Your institution’s alumni relations team relies on past students for a key function: connections. But to succeed in this effort, your institution has to not only remain in contact with alumni but must turn them from passive to engaged community members. That engagement is not immediate, so it’s critical that you nurture alumni toward these opportunities. Once they’ve signed up, they can specify the types of opportunities they want to participate in, ranging from mentoring career-exploring students to organizing virtual get togethers to forming industry groups.
But in a world that is becoming more virtual and more connected, how do you stay relevant and at the epicenter of your alumni’s life? Just as with our enrollment yield, summer melt, and student onboarding solutions, Wisr provides comprehensive alumni networks online. These centralized sites bring your new alumni as well as long-term volunteers together to experience digital content created by your institution that matches them with opportunities to give back to current students.
New Experiences for Long-Term Alumni Engagement
Whether you choose to make alumni engagement completely virtual or combine it with ongoing in-person events, Wisr provides all of the tools you need to share these events with your alumni network, measure their performance, and move the needle forward.
Record webinars, alumni events, and other sessions to demonstrate how alumni can get involved at your institution.
Share an alumni panel in your network on virtually any topic, and measure how it moves alumni toward more volunteerism.
Promote, share, and measure live events that educate alumni and keep them connected to campus.
Ask Me Anything
Give young alumni the chance to ask industry leaders about career opportunities and changing industries.
Interviews & Q&As
Easily share interviews, Q&As, and other text-based posts throughout your network.
Share recorded video of on campus events or changes to keep alumni plugged into campus updates.
How We Help Alumni Find Opportunities
Configurable Alumni & Student Tools
Members select from a customizable list of goals — things they need help with — and volunteer items — things they are interested in doing to help others. Collecting this information helps you understand how members are using the network and helps members find the support they need.
Personalized Dashboards & Recommendations
Every member has a personalized dashboard with suggested next steps, recommended communities, and recommended members. Next steps are personalized based on each member’s goals and offer tips on how to get the most out of the network. Recommended members are calculated based on factors like career goals, academic interests, educational background, and organization memberships. Together, next steps and recommended members ensure that everyone who joins the network knows exactly how to start connecting.
Flexible Directory Search
Wisr offers full alumni directory functionality with powerful search tools. Members can filter by criteria like undergraduate major, employer, job title, city of residence, school affiliation, and volunteer items. For example, a recent graduate looking to pursue a career in business could isolate former econ majors who live in New York and are willing to discuss their career path.
Call Scheduling with Templated Agendas
The network bulldozes the common barriers that prevent members from reaching out to each other. Supplementing an easy-to-use chat feature, the built-in call scheduler makes it easy to plan a conversation. Members choose from a configurable list of reasons for reaching out, and the network automatically creates an introductory message template. They simply personalize a few lines of text and are ready to go with a well-written, professional call request.
Communities for Similar Interests and regional chapters
Member-created communities provide an easy way to support groups with shared interests, identities, goals, and geographic locations. Some common real-life examples of communities include Future Entrepreneurs, First-Generation Students, Charity & Non-Profit Professionals, and Alumni in New York.
Mediated Discussions for Key Conversations
Many members will have similar questions, so not all conversations on the network should be one-on-one. Forum-style discussions allow all members to collectively discuss questions and offer advice. Discussions within communities help members explore topics that are especially relevant to them. For example, future entrepreneurs might support a discussion about the best places to look for early-stage funding, or first-generation students might allow members to share tips for overcoming imposter syndrome.
Events to Help Members Connect Virtually
This tool allows administrators and members to share events with people who might be interested. Events within communities can be related to the goal of the community or recent discussions. For example, a member could create an event for a pitch competition and share it in the future entrepreneurs community.