Workshops & Forums

Full-Day Workshops

2-Day Intensive: Foreign Credential Evaluation Workshop
Saturday, November 13, 8:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 14, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fee: $850 $950  Registration for the full conference is not required to register for the Foreign Credential Evaluation Workshop.

This two-day intensive workshop covers the best industry practices of foreign credential evaluation and its application in undergraduate and graduate admission. Experts in the field lead this two-day crash course covering the foundations of foreign credential evaluation, selected educational systems based on the U.S. and British systems, and how to recognize credentials from the top sending countries, with a particular focus on the evaluation of credentials from China and India.

Use case studies to apply the basic tenets and best practices in foreign credential evaluation for undergraduate and graduate admission. 


SEM Institute
Sunday, November 14 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Fee: $295 $395  Registration for the full conference is not required to register for the SEM Institute.

SEM is an educational and management framework that supports enrollment and student success. This full-day pre-conference workshop examines core concepts and the process for developing and sustaining SEM.  The Institute will focus on environmental scanning, data analysis, recruitment, admissions, retention, and student success, as well as the challenge of conducting enrollment management during these changing times.  The material will be of value to colleagues from all institutional types who may be starting SEM and/or seeking to revitalize their SEM efforts.

Attending this year's workshop as an institutional team allows interaction in a focused, retreat-style activity.  Those engaging as individuals will be grouped with peers from other institutions to discuss the most critical issues in enrollment planning, institutional health, and student success.

Clayton Smith, AACRAO Consulting


Reg 101/FERPA Workshop
Monday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 16 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $400 $500 Registration for the full conference is not required to register for the Reg 101/FERPA workshop.

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.

LeRoy Rooker, AACRAO
Doug McKenna, George Mason University
Heather Abbott, Yale Law School



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Half-Day Workshops

How to Build a SEM Plan
Monday, November 15 or Tuesday, November 16 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fee: $0 for full-conference attendees (reduced from $250 for the 2021 SEM Conference)
Pre-registration not required

Discover the process of constructing a SEM plan using proven frameworks, including how to increase faculty buy-in, organize teams to create the plan, and the role of data and environmental scanning.

Tom Green, AACRAO Consulting

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Senior SEM Leadership Forum
Monday, November 15 | 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
No fee; Pre-registration not required*

The Forum begins with the introduction of a challenging topic, research findings on that topic, and some initial questions to stimulate conversation. There are no clear or simple solutions; participants' cumulative knowledge guides the content and discussion. The session is facilitated, but there is no formal presentation.

*The Forum is for senior enrollment leaders employed full-time at a higher education institution, but others may be contacted for additional information prior to acceptance. Participation is limited to no more than 50 people, and one representative per institution will be accepted. Please email Clayton Smith with questions. 

Tom Green, AACRAO Consulting


Academic Leadership & Faculty Forum
Tuesday, November 16 | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
No fee; Open to all SEM participants

Join other professionals engaged in institutional academic work to discuss the most complex and daunting issues facing higher education enrollment today. Begin with an overview of recent research regarding the role of faculty in SEM and ways institutions are centering SEM in the academic context, and continue the conversation with a facilitated discussion of selected hot topics.