Dr. Clayton Smith

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Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor

Dr. Clayton Smith is Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor. He previously served 12 years as Vice-Provost and Dean of Students. Over the course of his career, Dr. Smith has amassed significant knowledge and expertise in enrollment management. Dr. Smith previously held senior enrollment management positions at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Tallahassee Community College in Florida, and the University of Maine at Augusta.

Known for his focus on comparative enrollment management, Dr. Smith has performed collaborative research into the distinctive qualities of enrollment management in the United States and Canada that has allowed educational leaders from both countries to compare and share best practices. In 2011, Dr. Smith co-edited SEM in Canada: Promoting Student and Institutional Success in Canadian Colleges and Universities. His recent research focuses on the faculty role in SEM, how change management impacts successful SEM institutional implementation, and Canadian enrollment leaders’ reflections on the effectiveness of SEM in Canada.

Dr. Smith is a leader in the field of enrollment management, with special emphasis on the areas of institutional SEM readiness, implementing SEM, enrollment planning, change management, international student affairs, and student success and retention. He has worked at a variety of higher education institutions, including residential and commuter, rural and urban, and two-year and four-year schools, and has consulted for AACRAO Consulting at more than thirty colleges and universities.

Dr. Smith holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine, an M.A. in Political Science from Drew University, an M.P.A. in Public Administration from the University of Maine, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University. He is a senior consultant with AACRAO Consulting and currently serves as AACRAO’s Strategic Enrollment Management Conference director and Editor-in-Chief of Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly.

Canadian Enrollment Leaders’ Reflections on the Effectiveness of SEM 

Faculty Involvement in Strategic Enrollment Management at North American Postsecondary Educational Institutions

The Role of Organizational Change Management in Successful Strategic Enrollment Management Implementation

Putting the Puzzle Together: International Student Success

International Student Support Services at Ontario Universities

The Intersection of SEM and Equity: A Systematized Literature Review

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