Slover Linett's e-newsletter about audiences and culture—from the arts to informal science learning.


This month we’re proud to welcome Dr. Rachelle Brooks, an expert on learning outcomes assessment, to the higher ed team. (See news item below for details.) Rachelle will help manage our growing education research practice, which now features a dedicated team of five social scientists led by vice president Bill Hayward. (We also have a dedicated team for arts & culture research, but that’s another newsletter.)


Perhaps it’s the latest wave of college and university capital campaigns, or the increasing realization that alumni are crucial engine of success for schools, but lately we’re doing a good deal of alumni research. After all, alumni and donor stewardship is more important than ever, and our recent studies have helped Stanford, University of Chicago, UCLA Anderson, George Washington University, and other schools manage those relationships more strategically and successfully. (We’ve summarized a few broad findings from those and other studies in a brief article below.)

We’re also busy researching prospects, admits, and current students to strengthen campus programs and services. With Rachelle on board, we’ll be moving into student learning outcomes assessment and integrating those studies with other research about the student experience.

These are exciting times at Slover Linett, and we’re happy to share them with you. If you’d like to have a conversation about how research and assessment can help your school take a leap forward, just let us know.

— The Slover Linett team

What's New?
February 29, 2012

Hayward and Lee to Offer Workshop at AIR Conference in June

To help higher ed professionals broaden their research skills, vice president Bill Hayward and associate Anne Lee will lead a pre-conference workshop at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) 2012 annual conference in New Orleans. Their half-day workshop will introduce IR professionals to qualitative research methods that can complement and extend the insights gained through traditional survey research. More »
February 28, 2012

Dr. Rachelle L. Brooks Joins Higher Education Team

We’re pleased to announce that Rachelle Brooks, who has been affiliated with Slover Linett as a research fellow since 2010, has joined the firm as senior associate for higher education. Dr. Brooks will direct research and assessment studies for our college and university clients, creating new knowledge about outcomes, experiences, and needs across the student life cycle — prospects, enrolled students, and alumni. More »
February 27, 2012

Alumni Engagement Research Yields New Insights

We've recently conducted several studies of alumni attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors for leading universities and professional schools. Although these studies are proprietary, the trends and patterns we’re discovering could be useful to the broader higher education community. Here’s a quick summary. More »
February 10, 2012

Stanford, UCLA Anderson, and Georgetown Enlist Slover Linett

These last few months have seen exciting developments in our higher education practice, as we’ve welcomed several renowned institutions to our client family. Our research and assessment work with these universities will help them understand, track, and enhance engagement among both students and alumni. More »

December 22, 2011

Diversity: it's not just an admissions issue anymore

The Obama administration’s new call for universities to increase diversity on campus is probably a welcome one for many schools. After years of court battles over state university admissions policies, centered on the University of Michigan, colleges and universities now have greater clarity about which levers they’re allowed to pull to attract a more ethnically diverse pool of applicants. But what happens when those more diverse classes get to campus? More »

Slover Linett is a research & assessment firm for the cultural sector, broadly defined. From art museums to dance companies to zoos, we help institutions become more successful by understanding their audiences. We do it through rigorous research and evaluation...More »

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