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.

7 questions to help you manage FERPA

One of the ongoing considerations with FERPA on campus is training. With new staff, faculty and students arriving on a regular basis, people changing roles that might impact their use of or access to student data, and the desire to stay current, training seems to be never-ending. And, to some extent, that’s true. However, that doesn’t mean that it needs to be a daunting task. Taking a planful approach can make all the difference.

AACRAO attends GDN Meeting in Puebla

The Eighth Annual Groningen Declaration Network (GDN) Meeting was held in the city of Puebla, Mexico, April 24-26, 2019, at the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), located in the iconic UNESCO world heritage city of Puebla. It was a bilingual event, with simultaneous interpretation being offered in English and Spanish, for the first time since its establishment.

6 strategies to rethink multicultural recruitment

In “Being Strategic with Multicultural Recruitment,” a session at AACRAO 2019, Monze Stark-Magana, University of Idaho; Alphonso Garrett, Virginia Tech; and Michael Sanders, Missouri Southern State University, shared ways they’ve helped their schools increase multicultural student enrollment.

Porfolio review: A strategy for admitting diverse graduate students

In the latest SEMQ, a team of researchers at Wayne State University (WSU) shared the results of a pilot program in which academic programs developed portfolio review processes and made admissions decisions using these protocols.

SEM Quarterly: Building Blocks for a Successful Career: My Journey

In AACRAO’s April 2019 issue of SEM Quarterly, AACRAO Senior Consultant Janet Ward writes an article titled: “Building Blocks for a Successful Career: My Journey”. Ward talks about her many experience within the higher education community and the lessons that she has learned.

Is your institution fully deploying available technology?

Sometimes when I’ve been on a campus for a consulting engagement, someone, usually the Provost, will ask me if the institution is using its SIS effectively, if there are system functions that aren’t being employed, or if there are software tools they should consider.

FERPA and Digital Education

In this well-attended session at the 2019 AACRAO Annual Meeting, Karen Jarrell & Jennifer Wondracek from the University of North Texas College of Law began with an overview of the U.S. Department of Education’s role in protecting student privacy with their oversight of the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act commonly known as FERPA.

Call for institutions to join largest ever prior learning assessment study by CAEL and WICHE

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) are joining forces on a new study that builds on a decade of ground-breaking research on prior learning assessment (PLA).

AACRAO welcomes Tina DeNeen as Associate Executive Director

Tina DeNeen, former University Registrar at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will join AACRAO’s executive staff on May 1, upon the retirement of long-time Associate Executive Director Janie Barnett.

How can dual enrollment better serve underrepresented students?

When first introduced, dual enrollment and early-middle college programs were often implemented as a strategy to increase the availability of post-secondary education to under-represented and underserved populations (i.e. students of color and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds). However, in fact, those taking greatest advantage of these programs are overwhelmingly white and from more economically privileged households.