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We're thinking of developing a password protected site where current students, faculty and alumni of a specific departments can network, develop mentoring relationships, and share job info. In addition, we'd like it to be a resource for company HR departments to both discover talent and provide feedback on working alumni to ensure our education meets the real-world skill sets necessary for success.

Has anyone else done this? If so, what platform would you recommend?
( I suggested Ning ;) )

Thanks!

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Right now we are using LinkedIn as a way for alumni primarily to do professional networking. I am interested in following this thread to see what others are saying.
Mills College currently leverages LinkedIn for this. As we expand the tools and services we offer to our alumnae though, we're looking at other options, particularly those that might be bundled in with other online community options provided by a third-party vendor. I'm inclined to think though, that LinkedIn has become such an established brand for career networking that we'll simply be weakening the collaborative pool by providing a separate venue (the groups on LinkedIn for our alumni that began organically won't cease to exist, although they could fade over time).
Kristin,

I'm working on a project using Harris Connect to manage alumni relationships with SUNY Geneseo. Ning was considered but a more robust platform was chosen. Depending on what you want to do though Ning can be a great tool for smaller affinity groups.

I'd be interested in hearing what you end up going with.
Thank you, everyone for your replies. The powers that be are asking us to test a new program called "Socialtivity" created by a local developing company. I'll let ya'll know how it plays out.

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