SEM Readiness Review

Improve your SEM Performance

In the face of shifting demographics and increasing competition, more institutions are seeking to take a strategic approach to long-term enrollment planning. This approach, known as Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM), goes beyond merely reaching enrollment targets, to ensure those goals align with your institution’s mission and vision.

The first step in ensuring your enrollment and institutional goals are aligned is to assess your institution’s SEM readiness. AACRAO Consulting’s SEM Readiness Review is designed to help you start on the path a more strategic — and successful — approach to enrollment management.

Ready, Set, SEM

During your review, we’ll take a close look at your processes, practices and staff deployments that foster and support student enrollment and student success. We’ll also examine your institutional mission and vision, enrollment trends, student satisfaction data, and other areas that intersect with your enrollment practices.

You’ll emerge from your review with an assessment of your SEM readiness as well as recommendations for transitioning toward a more strategic approach to enrollment, by:

  • Ensuring your enrollment services/management offices effectively support enrollment outcomes
  • Improving recruitment, enrollment marketing, and admission practices
  • Offering the most strategic and competitive mix of financial aid and scholarships
  • Enhancing efficiencies and accuracies of your registrar (registration and records)
  • Providing a higher level and quality of academic advising
  • Improving processes for course scheduling
  • Ensuring that enrollment decision making is supported by strong data collection and analysis
  • Structuring staff and responsibilities to better meet enrollment goals
  • Selecting and implementing the right technology solutions

Contact AACRAO Consulting today to begin your SEM Readiness Review and put your institution on the path to more Strategic Enrollment Management.

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This is the second institution where I have hired AACRAO consultant Dr. Green. His broad range of skills, ability to read an institution and quickly begin to provide suggestions and recommendations has been a critical element of our success. After one semester we were able to make enough changes that allowed us to have the largest spring class ever and meet enrollment targets for the first time in eight years.

Tom has the ability to work across departments and help explain the intricacies of Strategic Enrollment Management. His knowledge of academic and enrollment issues allows him to work successfully with faculty and staff. Tom's recommendations were always practical. He made his suggestions in the context of institutional realities. Having worked with consultants across my career, my experience with Tom is that he never tried to 'sell us' on anything...he made recommendations that would offer the best return for the investment of time and resources.

One of the most significant things Tom offers is that he is always trying to work himself out of a job. His goal is to develop institutional capacity, and he never makes a project bigger. I appreciate very much his commitment to my success and that of my institution and bottom line, I trust him!

Dr. Susan Borrego, Former Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at California State University Dominguez Hills and current Chancellor of University of Michigan–Flint