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.

C&U Journal: An Interview with Tina Falkner

In AACRAO’s spring 2019 College & University Journal, AACRAO Senior Consultant Dr. Jeff von Munkwitz-Smith sits down with the University of Minnesota’s Director of the Office of Student Finance for Academic Resources and AACRAO Past President, Tina Falkner,

C&U Journal: An Admissions/Enrollment Imperative for Predicting Student Success

In AACRAO’s spring 2019 College & University Journal, AACRAO Managing Consultant Michele Sandlin writes an article titled: An Admissions/Enrollment Imperative for Predicting Student Success,

How a Registrar’s Office review can benefit your institution

Over the course of the last 14 years, I have both served as a Registrar and conducted several dozen registrar’s office reviews as an AACRAO consultant. It is with this perspective that I offer the following. An external review provides another set of eyes on the complex and far-reaching practice wheelhouse associated with the registrar’s office.

ASCEND program announced: Standing by our commitment to nurturers of diversity

Increasingly our campuses are looking to their enrollment managers to assist with, or lead, their long-term campus enrollment planning, address budgetary challenges, and meet the demands and expectations of your students, Board members, legislature, and the public.

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.