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Our Story

AACRAO Membership is more than professional development and we take pride in recording and sharing the work our members do to advance learning mobility in higher education.

AACRAO is leading this national, systemic innovation

Our Focus

Facilitating seamless evaluation and documentation of learning.

Our Goal

Empower higher education professionals to lead institutional transformative change for the benefit of learners.

Our Why

Our unwavering belief in the power of higher education to be the great equalizer and driver against systemic barriers to economic and social mobility.

Learning Mobility Principles

  • Learner-Centered

    Learning Mobility prioritizes the needs and interests of today's and tomorrow's learners. Systems, processes, programs, and initiative should enhance the learner's experience at every stage of their educational journey and empower them to shape their education for their unique goals. This ensures that educational opportunities are accessible, equitable, and tailored to individual learners.

  • Equitable Outcomes

    AACRAO is working both nationally and internationally to increase Equitable Outcomes. This means that all systems, processes, programs, and initiatives must enable educational, social, and economic mobility for people with varying abilities, preparation, and skills. This supports pathways to better employment opportunities and to further education and training.

  • Interoperability & Open Standards

    We believe that all technology must use open standards and common ontologies/frameworks to enable data to be machine-readable, exchangeable, and actionable across technology systems and, when appropriate, on the Web. It must support combinations of data from multiple sources, enable human interoperability, and be understood by people in different occupations and industries from diverse backgrounds.

  • The Value of Higher Education

    When we do this well, we strengthen the value of Higher Education. In a knowledge-based economy where being highly skilled and experienced is valuable currency for success and economic growth, education serves as an accelerant to credential attainment. Documenting and communicating that attainment is an imperative and AACRAO members are critical to this work.

All of our projects are rooted in the learning mobility principles and address the following barriers to smoothing the learner's journey.

  • Common Language

  • Credit Mobility

  • Technology

  • Evolution of the Record