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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: 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.

The subtle art of graduate enrollment management

“Many of the dimensions we focus on in GEM are exactly the same as in SEM: how do you identify and connect with students; how do you walk them through the funnel so they apply and yield; once they’re on campus, how do you retain them through graduation; and how do you maintain a connection with them as alumni, as well?” said Dennis Livesay, Dean and Professor in the College of Engineering at Wichita State University (WSU).

AACRAO LEAD Curriculum Workgroup members named

The LEAD initiative, launched at the 2018 Strategic Enrollment Management Conference, will take a multi-pronged approach to identifying and preparing a diverse group of senior enrollment management officers (SEMO) to take on leadership roles in Enrollment Management in North America and across the globe.

4 ways to engage faculty in international SEM

Colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada are increasingly becoming ethno-culturally and linguistically diverse which is partially due to increasing enrollment of international students. Currently 1.4 million international students choose to study at U.S. and Canadian postsecondary educational institutions, which increased by 7.1 percent between 2015 and 2016 (Canadian Bureau of International Education, 2016; Institute of International Education, 2016).

SEM & Assessment – Count everything that moves!

An evidence-rich environment is critical to sound decision making and is the foundation upon which all Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) plans ought to be built. According to Harrington, Hoffhehr, and Reid (1998): "Numbers help you answer the three basic questions concerning every decision: (1) Am I getting the results I want? (2) Is there too much variation in the results I get? and (3) Are the results I get stable over time."