Virtual Book Clubs Connect Alumni, Faculty and Students Anywhere in the World

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"PBC Guru has done a great job facilitating the Smith School Alumni book clubs! We’ve had hundreds of alumni sign up, with nearly 60% from out of state (including 9% international). The book clubs have been very easy from a staffing standpoint – once up and running, PBC Guru do all the work. Their thought-provoking posts help jumpstart discussions and share valuable professional development tips with alumni."

"Partnering with PBC Guru has given us the opportunity to expand our educational offerings and engage hundreds of Penn alumni in a quality learning experience. The leadership at PBC Guru has included us and solicited our feedback in every aspect of planning, ensuring that we can make our book clubs feel like Penn Alumni activities without taxing our staff resources with the day-to-day program implementation and supervision."

Alumni Virtual Book Clubs by the Numbers

93%

93% of participants had not been engaged in an alumni program in the previous year

62%

62% of participants had never been engaged in an alumni program

74%

74% of participants remain engaged with the virtual book club after the first year

These numbers are based on a virtual book club program at the University of Maryland with more than 200 alumni participants from an alumni population of 20,000. Similar outcomes have been realized with many other University programs.

How it Works

We manage nearly every aspect of the book club so your alumni connect to the University without draining your limited staff time.

Customized to your Goals

We work with you to define the goals for your program based on your needs and our experience working with Universities.

Targeted to Participants

Based on your goals, we’ll help you decide how many book clubs you need and who should be invited to each one.

Participate from Anywhere

We create a private online forum where participants network and discuss the reading from anywhere in the world.

Asynchronous

Alumni participate online when it’s convenient for them rather than needing be available at a specific time.

Ongoing Engagement

Virtual book clubs read several books each year keeping participants engaged over time compared to one-off events.

Voting for Books

We recommend three books each reading period and let participants vote for what they most want to read.

Regular Emails

We email participants with interesting content related to the book and gentle reminders of when to finish reading.

Facilitated Discussion

We moderate the online discussion by posting interesting content, asking questions and encouraging conversation.

Example Virtual Alumni Book Clubs

UC Riverside Business Strategy, Management and Leadership Alumni Virtual Book Club

University of Maryland Engineering College Alumni Virtual Book Club

Illinois State Professional Development and Personal Growth Book Club

Lehigh MBA Alumni Virtual Book Club

Penn Alumni Career Networking Virtual Book Club

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