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.

SEM Quarterly: Excess Credit Accumulation: An Examination of Contributing Factors for First-Time Bachelor’s Degree Earner

AACRAO’s January 2019 SEM Quarterly features the article “Excess Credit Accumulation: An Examination of Contributing Factors for First-Time Bachelor’s Degree Earner”, which discusses how AACRAO partnered with a large public university in the southwestern United States to observe a multi-year data set and to complete a student survey in order to gain an understanding into variables that contribute to excess credit accumulation at graduation. To access the full study and results, click here.

AACRAO's journals seek authors

AACRAO’s College & University and SEM Quarterly Journals are seeking manuscript submissions for 2019. SEM Quarterly, published by AACRAO, addresses the emerging dynamics of strategic enrollment management, including: executive-level leadership, leading strategies, internationalization, research, academic orientation and current trends.

How to support trans and non-binary students in the admissions and registrar offices

In the second episode of AACRAO's Admit It podcast, host James Miller talks with Dr. Genny Beemyn, Director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, about the needs of Trans students on campus and in the admissions process.

3-Minute Mentor: How to handle egos and set long-term goals

"3-Minute Mentor" is an occasional Connect column delivering bite-size career advice from higher education leaders, writers, and researchers. If you or someone you know can offer insightful professional development tips, please contact the Connect editor.

Reverse engineer Strategic Enrollment Management for GREAT outcomes

Presenters Stephen Hundley and Boyd Bradshaw propose a GREAT organizing framework to ensure colleges are following an Enrollment Management model as opposed to an enrollment services model. GREAT, which stands for Graduate, Retain, Engage, Admit, and Tell - helps shift the SEM focus away from solely admissions/recruitment to involve the entire campus as stakeholders.

9 career podcasts you didn't know you needed

“If you’re anything like me, you start your day by reading the very latest news in the higher education world: Inside Higher Ed," said James Miller, the host of AACRAO's first podcast, Admit It, in his introduction to the inaugural episode with his first guest, editor and co-founder of that publication, Scott Jaschik.

10 minute mentorship for enrollment professionals

Before this inaugural session at the AACRAO Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Conference, I had never participated in any type of “speed dating” activity. I had heard of speed dating and understood the basic concept: You have a certain amount of time (3-5 minutes) to meet several prospective “dates.” The Ten Minute Mentoring session at the conference was modeled on this concept.

C&U Journal: Innovation to Inquiry: Creating Additional Value from Credential Expansions

AACRAO’s November 2018 College & University Journal features the article "Innovation to Inquiry: Creating Additional Value from Credential Expansions”, which discusses the importance of innovation in the work of the registrar and how sometimes incremental innovation may inadvertently amount to disruption, as was the case with Elon University’s implementation of the Visual Experiential Transcript (Visual EXP).

Taking SEM Home

Karen Miller, Provost and Executive Vice President of Access, Learning and Success at Cuyahoga Community College, and Dr. Brent Gage, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at The University of Iowa, led attendees in discussing how to take SEM home and make a difference - how to apply principles learned to make changes for our students, colleagues, and community.

A better student onboarding process for a competitive marketplace

Montgomery County Community College (MC3) is a two-year college located in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania -- and there are about 75 other colleges and universities in the area.