Workshops & Special Events

Enhance your learning with a pre-conference workshop. Registration for the Annual Meeting is not required to register for a pre-conference workshop.

  • Two-Day Workshops

    Reg 101/FERPA Workshop 

    Two-Day Workshop | Saturday, April 6: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM & Sunday, April 7: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM | $499

    Spend two days diving into the work of the Registrar’s Office. This workshop is for those new to the profession and will address many of the ‘what’ and ‘how’ questions that make up the work of the registrar. A significant portion of the workshop will focus on understanding and applying FERPA. Attendees will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of the depth and breadth of the work of the registrar, where to find information and answers, and a solid network of professional colleagues. 

    Presenters: Doug McKenna (George Mason University), Heather Abbott (Yale University), LeRoy Rooker (AACRAO)

    Registrar 201: Advanced Competencies and Proficiencies in the Registrar Profession

    Two-Day Workshop | Saturday, April 6 - 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM & Sunday, April 7: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM | $499

    This two-day pre-conference workshop explores major competencies and proficiencies of the registrar profession including topics such as leadership, FERPA/compliance, systems and technology, as well as records in the 21st century. Guided discussions will help participants gain insights into these topics and the successful navigation of this changing landscape. This workshop is meant for those with at least five years of experience in the profession as a leader. Day two is a Strategic Planning Workshop, which is open to additional attendees beyond REG 201 participants.

    Presenters: Helen B Garrett (University of Washington), Rebecca Mathern (Oregon State University), Ann Yater (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis), Alex Underwood (University of Arizona), Keisha Campbell (Morgan State University)

    International Institute

    Two-Day Workshop | Saturday, April 6 - 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM & Sunday, April 7: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM | $899

    Start off the 2024 Annual Meeting by joining us for the International Pre-Conference Workshop where you will learn strategies and best practices in international credential evaluation. From undergraduate admissions to graduate admissions, this workshop will present strategies for success in international admissions and teach you the basics of international credential evaluation methodology, including educational system models and benchmarks, researching the status of foreign institutions, working with foreign academic records, the use of official and reliable resources, fraud awareness, approaches to applying institution policies to make admissions decisions and applicable transfer credit. The workshop is intended for colleagues who are new to international admissions or would like a refresher in this area, and the material discussed will be applicable to both undergraduate and graduate admissions environments. This is a two-day pre-conference workshop.

    Presenter: Annetta Stroud (AACRAO) and Julia Funaki (AACRAO)

  • Full-Day Workshops

    Title IV Compliance in the Registrar's Office: The Basics of HEA, Enrollment Reporting, Audit, and Compliance

    Full-Day Workshop | Saturday, April 6: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM | $299

    Join us for an interactive, workshop on how the Registrar's Office supports institutional Title IV compliance. Topics include an overview of HEA regulations, an overview of enrollment reporting, common audit findings, and crafting an institutional response. You will return to your institution with practical next steps to increase compliance, reduce risk, and gain buy-in from institutional stakeholders.

    Presenters: Erin Mason (University of Utah), Laura Stone (University of Connecticut), Shannon Venezia (Lone Star College), Carrie Fernandes (University of Connecticut)

    Strategic Planning for Registrars

    Full-Day Workshop | Sunday, April 7: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM | $299

    This workshop prepares registrars to create a plan for infusing registrar work into institutional strategy. We will cover aspects of strategic planning (SP) that prepare a leader to create a roadmap for them to contribute to an institution's SP. These aspects include a focus on managing versus leading as well as developing managers into leaders; helping participants staff for success; the foundational structures necessary to create a SP or roadmap; tactics on infusing DE&I at each step; and, specific tools for leaders to help their institution begin work on their own plan. This workshop is intended for individuals with five or more years in the profession.

    Presenters: Helen B Garrett (University of Washington), Rebecca Mathern (Oregon State University), Ann Yater (Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis), Alex Underwood (University of Arizona), Keisha Campbell (Morgan State University)

  • Half-Day Workshops

    AACRAO State and Regional Organizations

    Half-Day Workshop | Sunday, April 7: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM | Complimentary for members of State & Regional CRAOs who are registered for the AACRAO Annual Meeting

    In this interactive workshop for AACRAO state and regional leaders, dive deep into best practices for organizational structure, member engagement, leadership development, and succession planning. Through focused discussion and hands-on activities, evaluate models and strategies to energize your state/regional organization. Leave with concrete ideas to enhance governance, participation, and leadership pipelines for a thriving professional community. Registrants must also be registered for the AACRAO Annual Meeting.

    Presenters: Johnika Dreher (Kent State University), Amber Cellotti (University of Minnesota), Katie Brown (Aspen University)

    SEM Core Concepts

    Half-Day Workshop | Sunday, April 7: 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM | $199

    Far too often, we hear from institutions that they are too busy to develop a SEM Plan; that they are planning fatigued and cannot take on another initiative; that their incoming class is full, so why bother with developing a SEM plan; or that they already created a SEM plan and it simply sat on the shelf and made little to no impact on their campus. We will provide actionable steps and practical examples for starting, completing, implementing, and sustaining SEM planning at colleges and universities.

    Presenter: Jody Gordon (AACRAO)

    FERPA 2.0 Workshop: Taking Your FERPA Skills to the Next Level

    Half-Day Workshop | Sunday, April 7: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM | $199

    Take a deep dive into FERPA and level up your knowledge! We will provide a quick overview of common FERPA questions and basics followed by information on advanced topics such as sharing data with campus partners, the intersections with research data and FERPA, handling FERPA breaches, responding to data requests and media inquiries, and more. We will also provide scenarios for small group discussions and opportunities to discuss FERPA questions.

    Presenters: Stacey Tidball (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities), Ingrid Nuttall (Northeastern University)

    Higher Ed Professionals Need Self-Care Too

    Half-Day Workshop | Sunday, April 7: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM | $199

    The term ‘self-care’ has become very popular in recent years. As higher education professionals, we are givers by nature. We work diligently to support our students, faculty, communities, and fellow colleagues on a daily basis. This workshop is for those who want to learn how to implement self-care in their everyday lives. Pouring into yourself is a necessity in order to keep pouring into others. Join us for this interactive and reflective half-day workshop!

    Presenters: Tiffani Robertson (Governors State University) and Dr. Connie S. Newsome (Campbell University)

  • Experience AACRAO for First Time Attendees

     

    Experience AACRAO

    Sunday, April 7 | 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

    Complimentary for first-time attendees

    Experience AACRAO is a “college fair” style event intended to introduce participants to the many facets of AACRAO. Ambassadors will be responsible for approaching and actively engaging participants, answering questions regarding AACRAO or navigating the Annual Meeting, and encouraging engagement with AACRAO.

     

     

  • Graduate & Professional Schools Luncheon

     

    Graduate & Professional Schools Luncheon

    Monday, April 8: 12:00 - 1:20 PM

    Ticket Required ($75 - available as a registration add-on)

    Enjoy a keynote presentation while networking with colleagues in this ticketed luncheon.

     

     

  • Global Learning Mobility Luncheon (formerly International Luncheon)

    Global Learning Mobility Luncheon (formerly International Luncheon)

    Tuesday, March 27: 12:00 - 1:20 PM

    Ticket Required ($75 - available as a registration add-on)

    Shadow and Light: Enhancing Learner Mobility via the Lens of Global Credential Transparency

    As learner mobility increases globally, there is a growing need to shed light on credentials—both traditional and alternative— across borders. Just as a solar eclipse reveals the sun’s corona, mapping both old and new credentials internationally helps reveal opportunities for access.

    Enjoy a keynote presentation while networking with colleagues in this ticketed luncheon.

  • NNLSO Events

    NNLSO Board of Directors Meeting
    Sunday, April 7 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    NNLSO Opening Reception
    Sunday, April 7 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    NNLSO Breakfast and Opening Session
    Monday, April 8 | 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

    NNLSO Roundtable
    Tuesday, April 9 | 5:00 PM - 5:50 PM

    NNLSO Networking & Social Event
    Tuesday, April 9 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Schmidt’s German Restaurant

AACRAO's Best of the Best

Each year members vote on outstanding sessions from their most recent State & Regional meeting. After review, winners are chosen to present their session at the upcoming AACRAO Annual Meeting. This year's Best of the Best are: