Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-18, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 24 January, 2018 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2018.


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core definition

An alumnus (plural alumni) is a graduate of an institution.

explanatory context

Alumni are those students, collectively, who have undertaken a programme of study at an institution (of higher education). It is a moot point whether an unsuccessful student is an alumnus.

analytical review

Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC) (2002) define:

Alumnus/alumni: A person/persons who attended or graduated from a particular school.

and the institution from which one has graduated is

Alma mater: The school from which one has graduated

Graduate Recruitment Bureau (2012) defines:

Alumnus: A graduate of a particular university (plural = alumni).

Charles Sturt University (2011) defines the plural as an organisation:

Alumni: an association for students who have graduated.

associated issues


related areas

See also



Charles Sturt University, 2011, Glossary, available at, accessed 19 September 2012 .

Graduate Recruitment Bureau, 2012, Higher Education Glossary, available at, acessed 19 September 2012.

Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC), 2002, Distance Learning College Glossary., accessed 20 September 2012.

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