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Simon receives international advancement award

Jason Simon, director, Research, Assessment and Planning

Jason Foster Simon, director of Research, Assessment and Planning for the Division of Student Affairs, received a national award for outstanding doctoral dissertation.

Simon received the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement for Does Campus Type Really Matter? National Patterns of Alumni Giving in the 2008 Voluntary Support of Education Study.

Simon's research focused on the relationships between campus typology and total alumni giving, restricted giving and unrestricted giving across 652 institutions of higher education. Simon found that alumni make differentiated choices concerning their gifts based on the institution type attended.

Simon's research has practical significance for campuses who are grappling with expanding degree offerings.  In these situations, academic leadership may not be aware how these degree decisions affect overall alumni fundraising. Simon found that not only did differences emerge in giving patterns but that additional work is needed to increase alumni support for higher education in certain sub-categories of institutions.  Simon's dissertation committee was chaired by Marc Cutright, associate professor of Counseling and Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education.

The Grenzebach Awards recognize the work of established researchers and encourage young scholars to continue their work in advancement. The awards program is cosponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Giving USA Foundation.

CASE includes more than 3,400 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 74 countries and represents over 64,000 advancement professionals world-wide.

The awards are named in honor of the late John Grenzebach, founding chair of John Grenzebach & Associates Inc., development consultants to educational institutions. Grenzebach was a leader in educational philanthropy with an interest in promoting scholarship in the advancement field.

Posted on: Wed 27 June 2012

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