Trending Topics are current issues or themes that impact AACRAO members and their institutions. Resources on these topics are centralized on a page to allow members to find resources.

Disciplinary Notations

Given the number of states that now mandate the inclusion of disciplinary actions on the academic transcript, AACRAO's recommendation on the issue has shifted from "Not recommended" to "Optional." 

Displaced & Vulnerable Students

The displacement of students, even temporarily, can have a chilling effect on the lives of those impacted.

EU'S General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Affecting all institutions involved in processing data about citizens in the EU, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced to specify how consumer data of citizens in the EU should be used and protected.​

Gender Identity/Expression in Higher Education

May 2016, the Departments of Education and Justice provided significant guidance to institutions that makes clear that both federal agencies treat a student's gender identity as the student's sex for purposes of enforcing Title IX. This guidance means that institutions will have to grapple with these issues in the coming year.

Transfer Initiatives

Transfer practices are changing rapidly. These initiatives will provide best practices and guiding principles for working with transfer credit and transfer students.


With a new administration in office that has a focus on immigration, it is imperative AACRAO members stay abreast of developments on this topic.

Veterans Reporting and Support

Changes in federal statute and executive actions have greatly promoted the expansion of services toward veterans and their families.​

Last Updated 12/7/2017