Homeward 2015 (Goal: 2300 Grad Givers)
“Alumni participation” is a national measurement that is used to gauge university health and relevance based on how engaged (or disengaged) graduates are with their alma mater. The measurement assumes that more graduates giving back at any amount to their alma mater means a broader appreciation for the educational quality and culture of their school, a greater support for the current mission and direction of their school, and a higher level of engagement in school activities.
The alumni participation rate, which is calculated by dividing graduate givers by all living graduates (grad givers/all grads = participation rate), is used regularly by US News and other ranking entities, as well as by the government and foundation funders, to determine not only the health of a university but its investment potential.
You can think of it like this, in a nutshell: if a university’s closest constituents (it’s graduates) are not on board with giving and getting back to their alma mater, then why should anyone else climb on?
Homeward 2015 builds on a two-year record-breaking trend for Oklahoma Christian in alumni participation. 940 graduates gave to OC in 2011-2012. That number climbed to a record 1,479 in 2012-2013 and to a phenomenal 2,278 in 2013-2014. In this first year of Thrive we will capitalize on and reinvest in this growing culture of alumni engagement to expand the alumni participation rate yet again—a status-quo-defying university metric that is beginning to get OC more and more community attention.
Our goal for 2014-2015 is 2,300 grad givers.
Learn more at www.oc.edu/homeward or click on the Homeward tab on the top menu.