Leaders in Enrollment Advancing Diversity (LEAD)

The ASCEND Program is designed to prepare midlevel professional in the competencies required to take the next step in enrollment management leadership. The year-long intensive program seeks to:

  • advance the careers of program participants and provide them with important professional development;
  • help AACRAO and regional associations develop a “deep bench” of talented, motivated leaders from diverse backgrounds; and
  • provide individuals from identified under-represented groups in the association community (i.e., people of color, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people, people with disabilities) with support, access, and opportunities for leadership.


AACRAO ASCEND Leadership Development Program Participation Requirements
There are five critical requirements for completing the ASCEND Leadership Development Program:

  1. Meeting regularly with your coach
  2. Actively contribute to the group capstone strategic enrollment management plan project, synthesizing program learnings and demonstrating AACRAO and SEM competencies.
  3. Complete at least 90% of the required micro-courses that provide cross-functional fluency.
  4. Maintain attendance with no more than three absences from the interactive workshops vital for knowledge building.
  5. Providing feedback through the engagement of course surveys, which assess your progression and satisfaction with the program.


Application Period is Closed