2013 AACRAO
Stratetic Enrollment Management Conference


Michele Sandlin

Managing Consultant, AACRAO Consulting

Wednesday Panel Discussion Presenter
Wednesday, November 13 – 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Michele Sandlin is an AACRAO Managing Consultant. She previously served as the Director of Admissions and the Campus Visitors Center at Oregon State University for 15 years, during which university enrollment grew by over 67%, while achieving additional goals for diversity and academic preparedness of incoming students. Ms. Sandlin’s career has also included successful tenures at Pacific University, Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and Western State College in Colorado.

During her 32 years as a higher education professional, Ms. Sandlin has become well known for her industry-leading expertise in holistic admissions, admissions operations, staff and space management, 2yr/4r campus partnerships, branch campus development, transfer policy and practices, accreditation compliance review, articulation process, policy and agreements, decentralized-centralized structural realignment, and graduate and international admissions. She has served in state, regional and national leadership positions with AACRAO and with the International Baccalaureate Program, having served as the IB Chair for the Americas College and University Recognition Board.

Ms. Sandlin completed her Master of Science degree in Higher Education Policy Foundations and Administration at Portland State University. She is a native of the Colorado Rockies, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Sciences from Colorado State University.


Meeting the Diversity Goals of Your Institution: Navigating the Supreme Court Guidance on Race and Ethnicity in Admissions Post-Fisher

The Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. the University of Texas-Austin raised as many questions as answers for enrollment officers seeking to meet the diversity goals for their institutions. With the return of the case to the 5th Circuit Court, it may be some time before the case is resolved, leaving institutions to determine how they should develop an admissions process that meets the guidance of the Court. A panel of experts will attempt to untangle the complexities of the Fisher decision, assess the potential impacts on admissions and enrollment professionals, and offer strategies that can help your institution achieve its diversity goals. We’ll examine what approaches are available, with a particular emphasis on holistic admissions, and what should be considered when crafting your admissions and recruitment processes.