Spring 2010 Survey Results

This spring, the ISU*USA Alumni Association invited its members to participate in an online survey to gauge their interest in the various current and potential outreach tools and activities that the Association uses to help maintain the alumni community.

30 alumni participated, and the detailed results for each question are presented below.  Some highlights:

  • A plurality of alumni find the Newsletter and Google group (distribution list) useful and informative (Questions 3 and 4).
  • Results regarding the usefulness of various websites and social media tools (e.g. dedicated website, Facebook, LinkedIn) is more mixed (Questions 1, 2, and 5).
  • The overwhelming majority of alumni responded that the Association should plan more social activities AND professional development activities (Questions 6 and 7).  Additionally, alumni responded that the Association should reach out to other space and student organizations (e.g. SEDS, AIAA, WIA) to conduct these types of activities jointly (Question 10).
  • A plurality of alumni responded that the Association should conduct fundraising for scholarships and events, with the greater number responding that the Association should work with ISU Central on these activities, rather than conduct them as US-only.

As a result of these responses, the Alumni Association Board of Directors is working to improve our current communications tools, and developing a plan for future activities.

1. The ISU*USA Alumni Association maintains a dedicated website (isu-usa.org).  Do you find it useful and informative?

2. The ISU*USA Alumni Association maintains a Facebook page.  Do you find it useful and informative?

3. The ISU*USA Alumni Association emails a quarterly newsletter.  Do you find it useful and informative?

4. The ISU*USA Alumni Association has a Google group so that alumni can email an entire distribution list.  Do you find it useful and informative?

5. The ISU*USA Alumni Association DOES NOT have   Do you think that the alumni association should establish such a presence?

6A. Do you think that ISU*USA Alumni Association should plan and organize Mixers/Socials/Happy Hours in your local area?
6B. If the Alumni Association were to plan and organize Mixers/Socials/Happy Hours in your local area, how likely (in general) would you be to participate?

7A. Do you think that ISU*USA Alumni Association should plan and organize Professional Development events in your local area?
7B. If the Alumni Association were to plan and organize Professional Development events in your local area, how likely (in general) would you be to participate?

8A. Do you think that ISU*USA Alumni Association should conduct independent Fundraising for US/local scholarships and local events?
8B. If the Alumni Association were to initiate independent Fundraising for US/local scholarships and local events, how likely would you be to participate (either through time or financial donations)?

9A. Do you think that ISU*USA Alumni Association should partner with ISU Central to conduct Fundraising for ISU-wide scholarships and ISU-planned events?
9B. If the Alumni Association were to partner with ISU central to conduct Fundraising for ISU-wide scholarships and ISU-planned events, how likely would you be to participate (either through time or financial donations)?

10. Do you think that ISU*USA Alumni Association should outreach to, and propose planning and organizing joint events, like those mentioned above, with other space and student organizations (such as SEDS, AIAA, WIA, etc.)?



As we learned at ISU, policy is part of the interdisciplinary mix surrounding space, and the FY2011 budget proposal (with its significant redirection of NASA's human spaceflight efforts) was released around the same time as planning was being completed for this survey.  Therefore the Board thought it might be interesting to gauge alumni opinion about this issue, which was and still is a widely debated topic throughout the space community.

11.  What is your level of support for the proposed change in direction for NASA (as part of the FY2011 budget submission)?