Publications & Products
July 2012
Volume 2, Issue 1

Community College Advancement News

Track Everything Posted on Social Media

A skilled social media maven from an institutionally related foundation in Texas says college officials should measure the impact of everything they post on Facebook, Twitter and other similar networks. Read more...

Learn More About Community College Alumni Programs

As community colleges expand their alumni relations efforts, advancement officials are clamoring for reliable benchmarking information. To fill this growing need, CASE is launching the first comprehensive survey of college alumni programs. Read More...

CASE Welcomes Community College Members

Nearly 70 community colleges and foundations have joined CASE in the past month. Read more...

Voluntary Support of Education Survey Open

Community colleges are encouraged to participate in the latest Voluntary Support of Education Survey—considered by many to be the authoritative national source of information on private giving to higher education. The survey is open until Oct. 1, 2012.

Any community college that completes the survey for the first time will receive free access to Data Miner—an online search engine of 300 data variables about private giving—until March 1, 2013. For more information about the value of the VSE, read this August 2011 Community College Advancement News article and watch this free CASE webinar about how institutions can best make use of the survey information.

Institutions Win Educational Fundraising Awards

CASE recently recognized six community colleges for overall performance and overall improvement in their educational fundraising programs based on data submitted to the Council for Aid to Education's Voluntary Support of Education survey. An expert panel of volunteer judges selects the winners based on a number of factors.

The winners for overall performance are:

  • Clark College (Vancouver, Wash.)
  • Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Northwestern Michigan College (Traverse City, Mich.)

The winners for overall improvement are:

  • Bronx Community College of The City University of New York (New York, N.Y.)
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Richmond, Va.)
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College (Paducah, Ky.)

Community College Researcher Wins CASE Award

Lisa Skari, vice president of institutional advancement at Highline Community College in Des Moines, Wash., received one of the 2012 H.S. Warwick Research Awards in Alumni Relations for Educational Advancement for "Who Gives? Characteristics of Community College Alumni Donors." Skari completed her doctoral dissertation  at Washington State University. Her research was featured in a November 2011 Community College Advancement News article.

In the News

Getting Board Members on Board for Fundraising
(Community College Times)
Steve Klingaman, author of Fundraising Strategies for Community Colleges: The Definitive Guide for Advancement, says that volunteer fundraising begins with commitment. Read more...

Community Colleges are Changing the Way We Think about Workforce Development
(The White House Blog)
Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden says that she is pleased to see businesses across the country working directly with community colleges to help their students succeed. Read more...

Community Colleges: An Economic Engine

(Huffington Post)
Pamela T. Luster, president of San Diego Mesa College, says that community colleges have "the intellectual and social capital to lead the country out of economic despair." Read more...

India Plans 100 Community Colleges Based on U.S. Model
(Indian Express)
The Indian government is working on a proposal to start as many as 100 community colleges in the country within the next year to "address [a] skill shortage" in the country. Read more...


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Largest Gifts to Community Colleges
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Conference for Community College Advancement
Oct. 3 - 5, 2012
San Diego, Calif.

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