Continuous Personal and

Professional Growth

Implementing success
Collaborate with a worldwide, higher education network as it comes together to explore, engage, and learn. Each year higher education professionals face new and unique challenges in their work and AACRAO's Annual Meeting is the place to find solutions to those challenges.


Join colleagues in discussing, learning, and mastering the skills needed at the modern institution. Continuous improvement is crucial for higher education professionals and these sessions are perfect for those new to the field or experienced professionals aiming to gain insights on unfamiliar topics. Some of the topics highlighted in this theme include:

  • EDI
  • Registrar Best Practices
  • Technology & Data
  • Office Management
  • And more

Take time to review some of our spotlight sessions on this important topic.



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Aug 23, 2021

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Aug 23, 2021

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Aug 9, 2021

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Contributor Thomas J. Grites explores topics in transfer and possible solutions.

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Field Notes - Continuous Improvement: Creating a Departmental Audit

Jul 26, 2021

Field Notes contributor Katie Brown demonstrates how to use resources available to improve your department.

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Join the July Book Club to discuss "The Transfer Experience: A Handbook for Creating a More Equitable and Successful Postsecondary System."

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Field Notes: Self-Advocacy is Not Selfish

Jul 12, 2021

Field Notes: AACRAO Women's Caucus Chair Laura Remillard writes on the importance of self-advocacy and gives tips on how to improve.

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Jul 12, 2021

Learn about the behind-the-scenes work that went into creating AACRAO's latest on-demand course on the history of American Higher Education

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Engaging Students to Prepare for Successful Transfer

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An interview with Renee Esparza, Austin Community College, Transfer Resource Director, about successful transfer strategies and her upcoming session at AACRAO's 2021 Transfer Practice Summit.

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July Book Club: The Transfer Experience

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Dr. Soraira Urquiza and Joyce Philip recap our recent Book Club discussion and their thoughts going forward.

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Call for volunteers: SEM-EP seeks evaluators to review reports and projects

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February Book Club: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

Feb 9, 2021

Author to speak at the AACRAO (106th) Annual Meeting.

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Feb 9, 2021

Stay connected with your fellow AACRAO members.

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Considering a job change?

Jan 26, 2021

Insight into the pros and cons of making a professional change.

The wait is almost over!

Dec 14, 2020

AACRAO is excited to finally host Ibram X. Kendi and Joel Zeff -- and bring our Annual Meeting to a virtual format.

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Call for authors: COVID-19 response articles

Nov 29, 2020

College & University seeks stories about professional experiences of the ongoing pandemic.

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Leadership advice from an AACRAO stalwart

Nov 29, 2020

Mr. von Munkwitz-Smith reflects on his experiences with AACRAO.

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Inaugural ASCEND cohort recognized at AACRAO SEM

Nov 12, 2020

Participants receive mentoring, support, and guidance from SEM experts.

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AACRAO podcast reaches 10,000 downloads

Nov 2, 2020

Hosts of For the Record and Admit It reflect on their experiences thus far.

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AACRAO working to improve admissions career path

Oct 4, 2020

Work group offers recommendations for association growth.

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You are not alone

Sep 22, 2020

AACRAO members are more stressed than ever. Lean on your community.

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What is your gift? Introducing the Identifying Caucus Excellence Initiative

Sep 21, 2020

Share your knowledge and talents.

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Registrars as storytellers

Aug 24, 2020

Building a narrative helps people understand and engage complex issues.

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Field Notes: #IamRemarkable: The art of graceful self-promotion

Aug 23, 2020

Empowering women to acknowledge and share their accomplishments.

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Mentoring study: Call for research participants

Aug 11, 2020

Understanding what registrars experience in mentoring roles.

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4 ways to improve your writing

Aug 10, 2020

Hone this critical professional skill.

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Field Notes: Dismantling oppression, empowering women

Jul 23, 2020

3 lessons learned from a women's leadership development group.

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Make yourself invaluable to high school counselors

Jun 29, 2020

Keys to building relationships, particularly this fall.

In hindsight: Seasoned registrars reflect on 4 things they wish they'd learned earlier

Jun 26, 2020

Getting the fundamentals down.

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Ensuring the Registrar's voice is heard

May 29, 2020

Collaboration, multiculturalism, and more. An interview with Mary Callahan.

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10 tips for vibrant virtual presentations

May 29, 2020

How to keep your digital audience engaged.

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7 tips for a higher ed job search during the pandemic

Apr 21, 2020

Is it the right time to look for a job? Learn more.

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Pivot!: Registrars’ tight maneuvers in the face of COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020

There will be no 'return to normal' after this. Could that be good for higher ed?

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Serve on the AACRAO Research Advisory Board

Mar 22, 2020

Learn what board members do. Applications open now.

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Building the Blueprint: A creative soul in a registrar's world

Feb 24, 2020

No matter how indirect your path to higher ed admin, this advice can help you succeed.

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Highlighting the work of the AACRAO Black Caucus

Feb 11, 2020

One of our largest caucuses, the Black Caucus is open to any member interested in advancing the black community in higher ed.

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Revised standards released for Registrar Services

Jan 14, 2020

This 2019 revision of the Registrar Services standards is the the first in over a decade.

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5 practical & potent professional resolutions

Jan 13, 2020

Start today and make 2020 the year for career transformation.

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Take the next step in your career: Present a session

Jan 12, 2020

Developing an idea for a proposal can have many positive outcomes for your career.

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New job? Start off on the right foot

Jan 12, 2020

A strategy for success for early and mid-career changes.

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Make your office the best place to work

Jan 10, 2020

In this era of professional mobility, how do you cultivate and keep reliable, long-term staff?

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Top 5 picks from AACRAO’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Dec 2, 2019

Join AACRAO Gives for #GivingTuesday, and shop professional development for yourself and your staff.

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6 reasons professional development matters

Dec 2, 2019

Opportunities can help new employees thrive, underemployed professionals grow, and lead to promotion.

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Congratulations to AACRAO's new board members

Nov 19, 2019

New voting initiative raises nearly $3500 for AACRAO Gives.

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AACRAO Book Club recap: The Devil's Highway prompts stories of immigration and understanding

Nov 18, 2019

Fostering deeper connections through literature.

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SEMQ recognizes editorial board members

Nov 18, 2019

Outgoing, current, and new members provide a valuable contribution to the field.

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How to be successful at your new SEM job

Nov 18, 2019

The basic and often unspoken rules to succeed in a new job.

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Field Notes: 4 tips for nailing your next job interview

Nov 15, 2019

A hiring manager shares how to make the most of your in-person interview.

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10-minute mentors address questions common and unusual

Nov 5, 2019

In speed mentoring rounds at SEM, 13 volunteers supported mentees' career aspirations.

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Field Notes: Leadership development cohort kicks off at SEM

Nov 4, 2019

ASCEND will prepare a diverse group to take on leadership roles in Enrollment Management.

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AACRAO Podcasts are back for Season 2

Oct 21, 2019

Admit It, covering admissions topics, and For the Record, covering records and registration, are picking up steam.

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AACRAO meets you where you are

Oct 8, 2019

You're invited! Connect with our thriving online community to catalyze your career.

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Building the Blueprint: You are not an impostor

Sep 22, 2019

What I wish I had known before my first AACRAO.

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The path to becoming a Chief Admissions Officer -- and beyond

Sep 9, 2019

What we know about the role of CAO (and Registrars and Enrollment Officers)

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Survey: Getting back on track after job loss

Aug 26, 2019

Research on academic leaders who derailed. Has this happened to you?


3-minute mentor: Evolving with an institution

Jul 29, 2019

Senior staff need to help create upward mobility for younger professionals.

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Building the Blueprint: Adventures of a 1st-timer at TechTransfer

Jul 25, 2019

TFW "enrollment destiny" is yours for the taking.

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Field Notes: Getting real with failure: 5 hard-won lessons

Jul 24, 2019

20 years after an embarrassing defeat, the author learns something about her resilience.

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What research is needed in Enrollment Management?

Jul 24, 2019

FEEDBACK REQUESTED: What kinds of studies will address day-to-day EM issues and concerns in the real world?

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Building the Blueprint: AACRAO Hill Day 2019

Jul 8, 2019

A series of articles from early-career professionals navigating higher education.


3-minute mentor: The myth of the 'self-made' person

Jul 8, 2019

The importance of inclusivity and teamwork.

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AACRAO's leadership development program accepting applicants

Jul 8, 2019

ASCEND helps you prepare for the next step in your enrollment management career.

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Help! I’m new to international admissions

Jun 20, 2019

3 common questions & ready resources for new evaluators

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Field Notes: Balancing work while earning a doctorate

May 23, 2019

5 strategies for staying sane.

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3 minute mentor: From blue collar work to higher education

Apr 29, 2019

How a strong work ethic and the practice of gratitude spurred one professional's career growth.

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Field Notes: Tips for building meaningful relationships at work

Mar 4, 2019

Strong and satisfying relationships take work. Start today to make a difference in your career and in someone else’s.

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3-minute mentor: Compartmentalize and save your brain

Feb 18, 2019

An occasional Connect column delivering bite-size career advice for higher education administrators.

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Call for Public Policy Advisory Group (PPAG) members

Jan 30, 2019

Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 1, 2019.

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3-Minute Mentor: The value of self-expression and resilience in the workplace

Jan 21, 2019

“Don’t be afraid of your own voice,” says Whitney N. West.

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Ambassadors and pathways transform the first time AACRAO experience

Jan 21, 2019

Would you like to be an AACRAO Ambassador? Learn more!

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Present a poster session at AACRAO 2019 in Los Angeles

Jan 8, 2019

New projects, research-in-progress, and common challenges make great poster session material.

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How to support trans and non-binary students in the admissions and registrar offices

Jan 8, 2019

The Admit It podcast covers common misconceptions about trans students.

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Field Notes: Satisfaction versus stagnation: Professional advancement in small institutions

Jan 7, 2019

Four strategies for growth when opportunities seem limited.

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AACRAO's journals seek authors

Jan 7, 2019

AACRAO’s College & University and SEM Quarterly Journals are seeking manuscript submissions for 2019.

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Just do it: 3 reasons to present at conferences

Jan 7, 2019

You don’t have to be an extrovert (hot tip within), and you don’t have to have all the answers.

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3-Minute Mentor: How to handle egos and set long-term goals

Jan 7, 2019

Luisa Havens Gerardo shares tips picked up along her higher education journey.

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Field Notes: Balancing your career when caring for a loved one

Dec 10, 2018

One higher ed professional offers realistic, hard-won wisdom about working through crisis.

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10 minute mentorship for enrollment professionals

Nov 26, 2018

Common concerns and a helpful strategy for shifting perspective.

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Are you ready for the next step in your career?

Oct 29, 2018

AACRAO helps higher education fill an anticipated 2,100 vacant SEM roles.

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AACRAO launches admissions podcast

Oct 29, 2018

Hosted by James Miller, the first episode of "Admit It" drops on Nov. 12th.

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What transcript evaluators need to be successful

Oct 15, 2018

How to support this essential role at your institution.

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How to "registrar" right

Sep 2, 2018

AACRAO On The Road's rogue REG101 cohort makes up their own verbs.

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Do you like to teach? New faculty opportunities for AACRAO's REG101 and REG201 Training

Sep 2, 2018

Application deadline December 1st.

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Field Notes: Advice on career development for young professionals

Aug 20, 2018

How to seek leadership opportunities, expand your knowledge and skill set, and cultivate your interests.

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Welcome to three new AACRAO SEM-EP evaluators

May 8, 2018

A veteran, an athlete, and a scholar step up to share colleagues’ SEM journey.

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You've got to give a little, take a little...

Apr 24, 2018

That's the story of, that's the glory of, professional development.

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Field Notes: The long and short of it: Professional development for any timeline

Oct 2, 2017

4 strategies for investing in your future

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5 ways travel can benefit your career

May 3, 2016

Announcing the 2016 Baden-W├╝rttemberg Seminar

2 AACRAOans reflect on how a Fulbright international experience enriched their careers

Jan 12, 2016

The International Education Administrators Program offers participants a unique perspective on education systems, a professional network that spans the globe'and is better than any vacation. Accepting applications through Feb. 1.

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Fulbright seminar grants available for higher education professionals

Dec 15, 2015

They are currently accepting applications for October 2016 seminars in France and Germany.