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Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: May 25, 2018

Submit a Proposal

AACRAO is a leading authority on student admissions, academic records, international education, and enrollment management. We seek content experts to share ideas, best practices, and solutions that are helping to shape the future of higher education. If you have unique knowledge and work experience, we have an enthusiastic community of professionals ready to learn from you! We invite you to submit a workshop, roundtable topic, session, or poster proposal—and are especially looking for panel discussions, hands-on sessions, and case studies.

Core Competencies & Proficiencies

We strongly encourage topics that support AACRAO’s Professional Competencies & Proficiencies, and proposals that support the framework will be given additional consideration.

The Competencies consist of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are necessary for all AACRAO professionals irrespective of their role at their institutions, while the Proficiencies describe the specific knowledge and skills required to excel in the professions of Admissions, Enrollment Management, and Records & Academic Services. View a printer-friendly version of AACRAO’s Competencies & Proficiencies.

Poster Sessions

Are you working on a new project, but don't have results ready for a full presentation? Are you facing a challenge that could use a fresh perspective? If so, consider creating a poster for AACRAO's Annual Meeting. Poster Presentations are a snapshot of your work, and can engage colleagues in a conversation or encourage readers to want to learn more. All of this is achieved without having to deliver a formal presentation. A good poster session focuses on one main theme, presents useful information, and stimulates discussion. For additional information, view this year's guidelines or contact Seth Kamen.

Guidelines for Submission

As AACRAO’s Annual Meeting represents many facets of multiple professions, the following guidelines are offered to ensure presentations are of the highest quality and are applicable to a broad audience:

  • generalized
  • presents multiple viewpoints
  • multiple institutions represented
  • different institution types represented
  • draws from theory
  • grounded in research
  • relevant (hot topics list)
  • practical applications to the profession
  • reports, tools, documents (with institution disguised if necessary) provided to assist in broad use
  • assessment data or trend data included as appropriate

Suggested Topics


  • Recruiting underrepresented populations
  • Admission’s role in the academic enterprises
  • Professional development, sustainability, and core values
  • State of the economy and the impact on higher education
  • Regulatory issues: accountability, disclosure, compliance
  • Retaining and graduating students
  • Business processes and design/redesign
  • Planning, assessment, benchmarking/performance measures
  • Institution-wide enrollment management
  • Classroom scheduling and optimization



  • Serving distinct and/or non-traditional populations (ie, veterans, LGBT students, native populations, students with disabilities)
  • Financial aid – what staff and faculty need to know
  • Immigration issues
  • Student transfer trends
  • Identifying and working with at-risk students
  • Access and affordability
  • New international trends
  • Transforming data into information
  • Building relationships with and managing expectations of students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, etc.
  • Relationships with state, federal, and accrediting agencies

Corporate Presentations

Individuals employed by organizations offering goods and services to institutions of higher education may not serve as presenters in sessions, except through the Corporate Presentation category. In addition, sessions are considered corporate when the subject matter promotes a company’s product. Sessions submitted through the regular proposal form will be reviewed for appropriate content and may be reclassified as a corporate presentation, which would dictate a presentation fee. For information on corporate presentations and fees, contact AACRAO’s Marketing Department at (202) 263-0287 or corporateinfo@aacrao.org.

Questions?


Program: Contact Annual Meeting Program Chair, Karee Head, University of Idaho, kareer@uidaho.edu 

Other: meetings@aacrao.org