“UNC alumni are more likely than alumni from all of the peer institutions (including California-Berkeley, Michigan, Virginia, Stanford, Penn State, California-Davis, Colorado, Minnesota, South Florida and Wake Forest) to feel an emotional connection to the University — 87 percent, compared to figures that range from 58 percent to 86 percent.”
This was among the findings of a random sample of 2,347 undergraduate Carolina degree holders in the classes of 1960 to 2011 conducted last spring for the GAA by Jerold Pearson, an independent consultant with eAdvancement in Palo Alto, Calif. The response rate of 24 percent, Pearson said, was “among the highest we have obtained in surveys conducted in recent years with alumni from public universities.”
The net promoter score is believed to be a good indicator of brand loyalty, customer satisfaction and growth. Fred Reichheld, formerly with Bain & Co., in his book The Ultimate Question reports that the net promoter score of more than 400 companies in 28 industries was just 16 percent, and the most enthusiastic customer referrals, which included eBay, Amazon and USAA, receive net promoter scores of 75 percent to more than 80 percent.
In addition to the above focus on the University, Pearson surveyed alumni about GAA programs, communications and membership, and those results will help our GAA Board of Directors and staff further enhance our initiatives to better inform and involve all of our more than 291,000 living UNC alumni.
Oftentimes, I remind students and former students that all UNC alumni believe we attended Carolina at the most perfect time. These survey results confirm that perspective. It is a source of great comfort to Carolina’s faculty, students, staff and administrators that the University’s alumni remain so remarkably passionate about our alma mater.
Yours at Carolina,
Douglas S. Dibbert ’70