AACRAO Consulting Blog

It’s all in the SEMantics

Keeping you ahead of the higher education curve is what we do. That includes providing quick and easy access to critical insight and information you can leverage to make better strategic decisions. Our SEMantics blog shares the latest news about the work our consultants are doing with institutions across the nation and the world, as well as the latest trends and developments that impact you. Read our most recent posts here, or browse through our archive by topic or key word.

I’m a new Registrar. Now what?

Starting a new job can lead to excitement, nervousness, and every emotion in between. For many, it’s an easy transition, but what if you find yourself in over your head?

Update on the Free Community College movement in the U.S.

Since Tennessee first began “Tennessee Promise” in 2015, a two-year program that provides free tuition at a Tennessee community or technical college, five other states along with two California cities have passed and implemented similar free tuition programs to encourage and facilitate college attendance and success.

Inside Higher Ed: Homeschooled Student’s Transcript Might Be for a Cat

According to Inside Higher Ed, the University of Rochester is raising questions about transcript oversight for homeschooled students after revoking an admissions offer. Associate Executive Director of AACRAO Consulting and SEM, Dr. Tom Green is quoted in the article, offering possible solutions for a more broad review homeschoolers’ admissions information, including curriculum, transcripts, GPA and test scores.

Do you know what data you need to reach your enrollment goals?

What is your enrollment goal? That number is one you likely have at your fingertips. But if that’s as deep as your data goes, you’re missing key decision-making information. “Many institutions focus on the big macro number, like ‘we need 2,000 new students,’” observed Janet Ward, senior consultant with AACRAO Consulting.

Foster A Culture of Innovation

Invest in your team’s potential Strategic enrollment management professionals understand that targeted enrollment goals and student support initiatives require teamwork across all levels of an institution. At AACRAO's Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Conference, we invite you to participate in the Team Experience and bring key SEM concepts back to share on your campus

Four key questions when building your class

Every campus is different, but there are still essential strategies that can be applied to building an incoming class. According to Dr. Brent Gage​​, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of Iowa, building a class requires both science, such as quantitative analytics, and the art of relationship-building.

Inside Higher Ed: How a Regional Public University Reversed Enrollment Decline (and It’s Not Free Tuition)

In an article published in Inside Higher Ed, SUNY Fredonia speaks about the difficulty it previously had with enrollment and how this year’s enrollment of the freshman class has increased by 25 percent. Among the factors that SUNY Fredonia attributes to this increase is the role that AACRAO Consulting played through our Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) planning services.