AACRAO Consulting has helped us to attain many of the administrative advances we have recently achieved and intend to achieve in the future.
We at Gratz College are grateful for the trouble-shooting and problem solving provided to our institution by our consultant. Assistance received last year in benchmarking our various graduate programs has already 'paid off' this year in increased enrollment and tuition revenue for those programs. The workshop for the faculty led by our AACRAO consultant was very helpful in enabling the faculty to understand the compliance issues facing Gratz as an institution of higher education. It has enhanced cooperation between faculty and administration for developing and implementing policies that ensure compliance.
More recently, our AACRAO consultant provided a value-added meeting at an AACRAO conference that provided additional, helpful guidance on best practices concerning policy statements that need to be included in our academic bulletin. Indeed, we have already incorporated many of the consultant’s suggestions in the new academic bulletin which was just downloaded to our website a few days ago.
In terms of the future, our AACRAO consultant has introduced us to the rich resources of AACRAO. Indeed, it was mainly because of our consultant’s influence that Gratz College sent five key administrators to the AACRAO conference in Seattle. I am sure Gratz will be well-represented next year when the conference is in Philadelphia. Since the Seattle conference, the five attendees from Gratz have formed an informal group that has been able to advise the executives on changes that are needed to keep abreast both developments regarding compliance requirements and best-practices in registrar and enrollment functions.
In some ways our experience at AACRAO’s Annual Meeting and the help provided by AACRAO Consulting have begun to create a cultural shift here at Gratz College, one which will help the College continue to provide students with the rich quality education they seek and deserve.