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.

Why and how to understand your institutional culture

​In a SEM Conference session titled “Working Smarter, Not Harder,” Medicine Hat College representatives shared one foundational element of SEM planning: understanding institutional culture. Upon taking her position at Associate Vice President of Student Development, Irlanda Price was tasked with creating a SEM plan -- but realized she first needed to evaluate the history of the institution.

Complete College America announces recipients of 2017 Seal of Approval

​Complete College America (CCA) has announced the recipients of the organization’s 2017 Seal of Approval. The award, established in 2016, recognizes software tools that most effectively promote college completion and student success through alignment with CCA’s Game Changer strategies. This year’s winners are EAB Navigate and Starfish by Hobsons.

Building Our Future: AACRAO Moving to New Location Summer 2018

After 48 years in our current location of One Dupont Circle, AACRAO will be transitioning to a new location in June 2018. At the direction of the Board of Directors, AACRAO has entered into a contract to purchase an office in Washington, DC.

So you want to become a chief enrollment officer?

As a profession, enrollment management is approximately 30-35 years old. As the domain of an enrollment manager grows in size and complexity, a new role on campus has emerged: the Chief Enrollment Management Officer (CEMO).

C&U Journal: "Office of the Registrar: Mission and Vision"

AACRAO Senior Consultant Howard Shanken​ and David Sauter, University Registrar at Miami University, have written an article in AACRAO’s November 2017 College & University Journal titled: " Office of the Registrar: Mission and Vision".

National Giving Tuesday: Help AACRAO build a stronger higher ed community

According to surveys, the top reason that AACRAO members cannot get the professional development they deserve is a lack of institutional financial support. As budgets tighten and the supply to encourage career and institutional development diminishes, AACRAO wants to step in and keep the tools for success available to all.

C&U Journal: "Revolutionizing Academic Records: A Student Perspective"

Dr. Rodney Parks, University Registrar and Assistant to the Provost, Jess Parrish, Assistant Registrar for Communications and Jack Fryer, a third year undergraduate collaborating with the Office of Registrar at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, co-authored a study in AACRAO’s November 2017 College & University Journal.

The Atlantic: How Campus Racism Could Affect Black Students' College Enrollment

In an article published in The Atlantic, titled: “How Campus Racism Could Affect Black Students' College Enrollment” AACRAO’s Associate Executive Director for Consulting and SEM, Dr. Tom Green​, is quoted warning against concluding that the declining yield rates of black students applying to UVA means they are less interested.

The power of social listening

At the 2017 SEM conference, presenter Dr. Liz Gross of the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation offered insights about how to leverage social listening for the benefit of branding, enrollment, and awareness. The session was entitled, "Beyond Likes and Shares: How Social Listening Can Impact Enrollment Management Outcomes."

8 tips for managing change

​At the AACRAO SEM Conference on Monday, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Vice Provost of Enrollment Management Diane Walleser, along with colleagues from the admissions, registration and financial aid departments, presented a session on “Managing the Messy Middle of Change.”