TitleBuilding the Relationships of Brand Community in Higher Education: A Strategic Framework for University Advancement
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMcAlexander, J, Koenig, H, Schouten, JW
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Advancement
Date Published2006

Loyal alumni are a mainstay of financial support for many universities. This empirical study of university alumni situates the emerging theory of brand community within the world of university development and advancement. The study measures key relationships that one would expect to find in a healthy university brand community. Most importantly, this research demonstrates the powerful contribution that understanding and managing brand community can make to those interested in the advancement of higher education. We find that integration within a university brand community explains important loyalty-related behaviors such as future donations to the university and the purchase and display of university logo merchandise.