Sometimes you read things that make such utter nonsense that you wonder how a major institution like Michigan State University manages to remain open and competitive and viable in the modern world with such archaic, Old Worlde, and utterly wrong, notions:
Michigan State University has announced that it will stop providing full-service e-mail accounts to alumni who graduated more than two years ago, a cutback that will affect 117,000 people. Some of them are complaining, but officials say it is a necessary cost-cutting measure.
David Gift, vice provost for libraries and information-technology services, said that the policy had always been to discontinue full-service accounts two years after a student’s last class, but that the university simply had not enforced it. He doesn’t know of any other university that still offers full-service alumni accounts indefinitely; most terminate full e-mail accounts within a year after graduation, or turn them into forwarding accounts. The change will take effect on August 31.
Keeping all those alumni accounts running was costing Michigan State about $600,000 a year, said Mr. Gift. They amounted to about 45 percent of all university e-mail accounts. The money saved can be used to upgrade services for current students, he said.
Methinks Michigan State University needs to pay a visit to their new Big 10 brethren like the grand olde University of Nebraska-Lincoln to get a clue how to honor alumni and keep them close even at a distance:
I was surprised to read the news that the University of Nebraska are moving their email system from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud. When I saw Microsoft paid $250,000.00USD to get Nebraska to choose Office 365 instead of Google Apps for Education, it all became clear. Nebraska took the money and followed the bribe.
As a former UNL student, I have free lifetime alumni email — and it isn’t a forwarding service. It’s a full, honest, robust, huskers.unl.edu email account:
Here’s why giving students and alumni a “Once and For All” email address is smart: Because it creates indelible and identifiable tethers to a school forever. Students should be allowed to take their email address with them after graduation because they’ve used that point of contact in for four years. Email is a bond. Changing email addresses is always a hassle. Now UNL students can have a single university email address and never have to worry about losing connectoids with others in the foraging of their social networks as they mature into adulthood. …
It didn’t always used to be Huskers.UNL.edu as an alumni email address at Nebraska. The old alumni email address was attached to the clunky — @HuskerAlum.com domain — ouch!, so ugly!
My Columbia University alumni email account started as a “forwarding only” email address, but it is now a full email account I can login and use provided by Google Apps for Education. I absolutely love it.
Having both a Huskers.UNL.edu and a caa.Columbia.edu email addresses forever binds me to my beloved schools. Even though I’m not on campus every day, I still feel a deep connection with my home universities and Michigan State University needs to reverse their ridiculous policy on alumni email and join education in the Twentieth Century.