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: "Dual Enrollment from two points of view: Higher Education and K-12"

AACRAO Senior Consultant Wendy Kilgore​ and Vice President of Research at Hobsons, Ellen Wagner, have written an article in AACRAO’s September 2017 College & University Journal titled: "Dual Enrollment from two points of view: Higher Education and K-12".

C&U Journal: "Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Mapping Curricula to Enhance Student Success"

Dr. Rodney Parks, University Registrar and Assistant to the Provost, Jess Parrish, Assistant Registrar for Communications and Blake Whitesell, a former undergraduate research assistant in the Office of Registrar at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, co-authored an article in AACRAO’s September 2017 College & University Journal.

Special issue of SEM Quarterly ignites conversations around SEM

​In preparation for its 27th Annual SEM Conference, AACRAO has released a special edition​ of Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly. Over the past five years, SEMQ has highlighted the work of enrollment management practitioners, from distinguished thought leaders, as well as young, emerging researchers in the field. This special issue includes selected articles from the past five years of the peer-reviewed journal, presenting core SEM concepts including:

See How Research is Evolving SEM Practice

AACRAO strives to facilitate the move towards more data driven decision making models by providing a venue for content experts to share their findings with the higher education community. At the 2017 Strategic Enrollment Management Conference in Phoenix, see how cutting-edge research is changing the SEM landscape.

There’s still time to register for a conference workshop!

​Pre-Conference Workshops SEM Institute​ (Additional Fee) – Sunday, October 29 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Writing a SEM Plan​ (No Fee) – Sunday, October 29 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Afternoon Half-Day Workshops​ (Additional Fee) – Sunday, October 29 – 2:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Inside Higher Ed: Higher Education Groups Issue Transfer Guidelines

In a statement issued on October 6, three higher education associations set forth guidelines on student transfer and the awarding of college credits. AACRAO, together with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the American Council on Education, base their guidelines on the “essential principle” that every college and university determines its own approach to the transfer of credit.

I’m a new Registrar. Now what?

Starting a new job can lead to excitement, nervousness, and every emotion in between. For many, it’s an easy transition, but what if you find yourself in over your head?

Inside Higher Ed: Homeschooled Student’s Transcript Might Be for a Cat

According to Inside Higher Ed, the University of Rochester is raising questions about transcript oversight for homeschooled students after revoking an admissions offer. Associate Executive Director of AACRAO Consulting and SEM, Dr. Tom Green is quoted in the article, offering possible solutions for a more broad review homeschoolers’ admissions information, including curriculum, transcripts, GPA and test scores.

Foster A Culture of Innovation

Invest in your team’s potential Strategic enrollment management professionals understand that targeted enrollment goals and student support initiatives require teamwork across all levels of an institution. At AACRAO's Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Conference, we invite you to participate in the Team Experience and bring key SEM concepts back to share on your campus

Four key questions when building your class

Every campus is different, but there are still essential strategies that can be applied to building an incoming class. According to Dr. Brent Gage​​, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of Iowa, building a class requires both science, such as quantitative analytics, and the art of relationship-building.