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International Membership

Connect to the world of higher education

With AACRAO membership you'll be connected to more than 11,000 members from institutions around the world. Facilitate your professional development by attending discounted meetings, gaining complimentary subscriptions to our College & University journal and more.

Why should you join? From professional development opportunities to forging connections that will help you in setting down career stones, there's more than one reason. 

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Is your institution already a member? Apply to join the roster.
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Annual Membership Price: Starting at $302


Develop Professionally

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When education standards change, new credentials are awarded, or foreign education systems are reorganized, AACRAO EDGE utilizes the expertise of the International Education Standards Council (IESC) to review and update our database.

Professional Competencies

Work on your skills like diversity and inclusion, interpretation and application of institutional and external data, and leadership. We have the tools for you.

Online Learning

From free webinars to self-paced on-demand learning, AACRAO's online learning covers a variety of subjects—technology, strategic enrollment management, admissions, FERPA, transfer, credential evaluation, and international education—and allow you to engage with the presenters and instructors.

Take the next step in your career

AACRAO's Career Navigator is a wealth of job postings and resources for training. 

Gain Recognition

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Get Published

AACRAO's professional journals College & University and SEM Quarterly are always accepting articles and have a wide circulation base.

Research Opportunities

Leverage the expertise of our over 11,000 members and contribute to one of the premier sources of practice related research within the global higher education community. 

Join a committee

Do work you're passionate about, with support and mentoring from fellow members. From Caucuses to specialized topics, it's all one community, no matter where in the world your institution is located. 


AACRAO's bi-weekly professional development e-newsletter

Support Global Mobility

Aug 8, 2022, 09:07 AM
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AACRAO serves as one of the original members of the USQF Advisory Council. Established in May 2022, this council oversees the design and development of a proposed national qualifications framework to serve the interests of US learners, qualification holders, educators, employers, licensing bodies, policymakers, and related stakeholders. 

For a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to be useful, it must be accurate and well accepted. As the primary parties on college and university campuses who manage mobility domestically and internationally, AACRAO members are key stakeholders in the conversation. Further, if such a framework becomes widely adopted in the US, it will impact a number of key AACRAO service areas, including AACRAO EDGE. As the framework develops, our involvement will ensure that the membership has ample opportunities to understand and engage with the framework as it evolves.

Other stakeholders and founding members include:

AACRAO believes the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is a key piece of infrastructure that supports global mobility and that having a leveled framework applied to the US credential landscape could help those outside the US better understand the diversity of the US system and create more accessible pathways for a wider array of learners. 

History and Examples of National Qualifications Framework

A National Qualifications Framework (NQF) provides a commonly accepted structure for describing the relationship of educational qualifications to one another within a country, in terms of level, length, and learning outcomes. More than one hundred countries and regions developed an NQF, and many others are currently in the process of doing so. 

Utilizing an NQF ensures proper recognition of earned qualifications for further educational attainment, employment, and professional recognition. Further, an NQF provides portability of credentials within the country where it was earned and across borders when necessary.

Take Action

Join the conversation and help the United States join the family of nations establishing an NQF. For more information on how to become involved with this project, and to stay up-to-date with news, resources, and more, email usqfproject@ece.org.

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  • International
  • Re-Envisioning Transfer
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