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Call for Proposals

AACRAO seeks proposals for best practice sessions, poster presentations, and roundtable sessions on SEM hot topics, SEM research, and innovative ways institutions are implementing SEM.

Submissions that support AACRAO’s Professional Competencies and Proficiencies for SEM will be given additional consideration.


Priority Submission Deadline:
March 22, 2019

Program and Proposals Questions:
Email Clayton Smith, Ed.D., SEM Conference Director

Other Inquiries:
Email meetings@aacrao.org or call (202) 293-9161

Become an AACRAO member:
Email membership@aacrao.org

Not a current AACRAO member?
Create an AACRAO Account/Profile in order to submit a session proposal.

Hot Topics

  • Developing a SEM-focused collaborative institutional culture;
  • Meeting the challenge of changing public perceptions of the value of higher education;
  • Academic planning in a SEM culture;
  • Addressing enrollment challenges in a world of changing demographics;
  • Redefining student enrollment success;
  • Engaging and involving faculty in SEM;
  • SEM environmental scanning;
  • Introduction and implementation of SEM beyond North America;
  • Using SEM to advance graduate studies;
  • Using SEM to support the success of special population students;
  • Applying SEM in a competency-based environment;
  • Enhancing SEM to attract and retain international students;
  • Embracing Big Data and institutional research;
  • Applying data analytics and predictive modeling;
  • Building an enrollment and revenue projection model that fits our dynamic Post-Secondary Education (PSE) context;
  • Use of data visualization and dashboards; 
  • Successful analysis and implementation of financial aid leveraging;
  • Developing High Impact Practices (HIPs) that support SEM;
  • Putting our focus on community college completion;
  • Enhancing academic advising to achieve stronger retention, completion, and transfer pathways; 
  • Implementing leading-edge technologies;
  • Recruiting and retaining undocumented students;
  • Delivering exemplary student service; and
  • SEM career planning

Innovative Implementations

  • Admission practices; 
  • Enrollment planning; 
  • Financial aid, scholarships, and pricing; 
  • Implementing and tracking SEM;
  • Marketing;
  • Organizing for SEM, including SEM leadership;
  • SEM research, data analysis, and analytics;
  • Student recruitment;
  • Student success and retention; and
  • Use of technology to support SEM.

Research Track

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center will once again sponsor a Research Track at SEM. AACRAO will waive half the conference registration fee for one presenter in each of the selected research proposals. We encourage enrollment management and institutional research staff to submit proposals on how they are using data/research to:
  • Shape admissions recruitment and admissions marketing efforts;
  • Recruit first-time students and/or transfer students;
  • Inform strategies for using campus-based student aid to help shape enrollments;
  • Analyze student retention and success;
  • Develop strategic enrollment management; and
  • Enhance strategic enrollment management at a Canadian institution.
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Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on clarity, quality, method(s) for engaging conference participants, professional practice generalizability, and representation among institutional types and interest areas. Those that clearly demonstrate how they support the AACRAO Competencies and Proficiencies will be more favorably reviewed than those that do not.  It is imperative that session submissions demonstrate how the entire session time will be utilized to avoid “partial session” experiences for attendees.  Selected presenters may register for the conference at a discounted registration rate. Notifications of proposal status will be sent in June 2019.
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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. 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, email AACRAO’s Marketing Department or call (202) 263-0287.
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