Alumni survey: YDS grads fully on board with email
By John Lindner, Director of External Relations
Ninety-eight percent of YDS alums now use email and 79 percent check their email at least a few times a day. This was just one of the many findings from the fall 2009 survey of YDS alumni, the first survey of alumni in nearly a decade.
A total of 1,247 alumni responded to the survey out of 6,374 alumni on record, resulting in approximately a 20 percent return. Of the respondents, 971 received M.Div or B.D. degrees, while just 197 M.A.R. graduates returned surveys. A large majority, 82 percent, said that being involved with YDS is “very important” or “somewhat important.”
As could be expected, YDS alumni most frequently serve as clergy or educators.
One especially interesting finding was the profile of the size of the congregations where YDS graduates work. Of those working in congregations:
While most YDS alums are frequent users of email, they are engaged in “social networking” on the internet in more limited numbers:
These and other findings form the basis of a report to be reviewed by the Alumni Board at the spring meeting. Board President Mary Ellen O’Driscoll commented: “As a Board it is important for us to understand ways to best serve the Alumni through programs and styles of communication. This survey helps us understand more fully the needs and preferences of our YDS Alumni.”
Tabulating survey results was Joan Javier ’12 M.Div.