Thank you for supporting the Wayne State University Alumni Association.
On April 12, 2012, the alumni association Board of Directors voted to shift from a dues-based to a non-dues based organization. This exciting new change, which centers on communication and engagement, gives all alumni the same access to the alumni association’s programs, benefits and services.
We hope this new direction leads to more alumni involvement that, in turn, will create greater opportunities for both alumni and the university. Because the Office of Alumni Relations no longer will focus on soliciting membership dues, it instead will concentrate on building and strengthening our communication and engagement activities.
One thing won’t change, however – your critical role as supportive and engaged alum. Although we no longer will be asking you for membership dues, we will continue to rely on your support – whether that means that you attend an event, read Wayne State magazine, volunteer for an alumni program or make a gift to the university. We hope our new mission will encourage you to become more involved with the alumni association.
A list of questions and answers follows. We will continue to share with you the progress we are making in this new endeavor, as well as keep you informed about what’s happening at the university. To be sure you are receiving the most up-to-date information from the Wayne State University Alumni Association, visit www.alumni.wayne.edu.
President, Wayne State University Alumni Association
Why is the Wayne State University Alumni Association eliminating its alumni dues program?
The Office of Alumni Relations has shifted its focus from membership to communication and engagement, giving all alumni the same access to the university’s alumni communications, programs and services. This change is based on current best practices of major public universities nationally and various research and consulting recommendations.
How does this enhance engagement?
The new model enhances engagement by removing barriers to participation because there no longer is a member/non-member distinction. The focus of alumni relations activity no longer will be dues solicitation. Those freed-up monetary and human resources will be directed to offering all alumni ways to connect with the university, from student recruitment to philanthropy. We plan to survey alumni to focus our resources on the needs and wants of alumni.
What has the university done to set aside funds for engagement?
Wayne State University has financially supported the Office of Alumni Relations for 76 years and will continue to do so. In addition, the university has affinity partnerships, which generate income for programs and services hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations.
What is the new policy regarding membership?
The WSU Alumni Board of Directors approved a proposal on April 12, 2012, to eliminate the membership dues program. Current members no longer are solicited for renewals. All alumni will be offered the same benefits and services.
Who is covered by the new membership policy and what is the timeline?
The Office of Alumni Relations and each of the school/college alumni board of directors, Women of Wayne, Organization of Black Alumni and Athletics Alumni are covered by the new policy. The change does not apply to the School of Medicine Alumni, which is a separate 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
Will people have to “opt in” when current membership expires?
No, current members will not have to take any action. To receive the most up-to-date information, please update your information with the Office of Alumni Relations at 313-577-2300 or at alumni.wayne.edu.
Is there an alumni ID card?
Yes. If you have not already received a WSU Alumni One Card, you can contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 313-577-2300 to request a card.
What are some programs and benefits?
· Wayne State Magazine
· @Wayne State
· Alumni special events
· Alumni Ambassador Volunteer Programs
· Career services such as our career page and job board
· Green and Gold Getaways
· Opportunities to contribute to student scholarships
· Retail and travel discounts on and off campus
· Home and life insurance discounts