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We have a moral obligation to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work, gather, and live. We are committed to giving back and contributing to these communities where and when we can. We have a professional obligation to build a vibrant, diverse community of leaders in our field to meet the demands of a quickly-changing professional landscape.

Please consider supporting this important work. Your donation will help provide career development and research support to deserving academic, international and enrollment professionals via the following funds:

The Conner Scholarship Fund

According to our surveys the top reason members can not attend our Annual Meeting is a lack of institutional financial support. A new generation of diverse and motivated higher education professionals will change the face of the profession, but only if they have access to the knowledge and network of professionals that AACRAO can provide them. The Conner Fund helps create those connections that can translate into more rewarding career experiences, better outcomes for our institutions and our better results for the students we serve. 

John Douglas Conner was named the first Executive Director of AACRAO in 1966 and served until his retirement in 1988. The Conner Scholarship Fund provides support for AACRAO members to participate in the AACRAO Annual Meeting.

The Gloria R. Nathanson Fund

The future of higher education is a cooperative, global effort.

The Gloria R. Nathanson Fund for Research in International Education supports country or education system research conducted by AACRAO members in order to further the body of knowledge in the field of comparative international education and credential evaluation. 

Funded projects will published and distributed through AACRAO’s existing sources, which includes the AACRAO EDGE database, AACRAO print and electronic publications, presentations and webinars.

Tina Falkner Engagement Grant

This grant supports continued, in-person engagement at AACRAO meetings to enable members of committees, caucuses, and/or work groups with a demonstrated financial need to fulfill their professional obligation. This is a one-time grant award in the form of a meeting registration waiver for the successful applicant.

Want To Apply?

Are you interested in applying to one of these opportunities? Do so below:

The LEAD Fund

The LEAD Initiative takes a multi-pronged approach at identifying and preparing a diverse group of enrollment leaders to take on leadership roles in Enrollment Management in North America and across the globe.

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Promoting and Developing Future Leaders

Dec 8, 2023

AACRAO's professional development program ASCEND kicks off with the 2023-2024 cohort.

2022-23 ASCEND Cohort at Toronto SEM

Passing the Baton

Nov 29, 2022

AACRAO Leadership Development program closes another chapter.

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Introducing the Future of Enrollment Management

Oct 31, 2022

Learn about AACRAO's professional development program ASCEND and meet the 2022 cohort.

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Meet the Latest AACRAO Research Grant Recipient

Oct 17, 2022

Understanding the experiences, outcomes, and implications of academic course failure.

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Cultivating Leadership

Sep 6, 2022

Position yourself as a future institution leader with this professional development program.

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Providing Support in a Changing World with an Uncertain Future

Aug 23, 2022

Apply for the AACRAO ASCEND Program by September 16.

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Growing your SEM Community

Aug 8, 2022

See how one ASCEND member, Kayla St. Clair, utilized the program to build and develop her SEM community.

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Broaden your Professional Perspective

Jul 25, 2022

Explore professional growth and development with a member of AACRAO ASCEND.

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Curating your Toolkit

May 16, 2022

Learn how one of AACRAO's current ASCEND members applies broad enrollment management strategies to her unique situation.

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The Value of Professional Development

May 2, 2022

Learn more about the AACRAO ASCEND program from member Malia Jones.

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7 Ways To Keep Portland Weird at #AACRAO2022

Mar 22, 2022

Learn more about the Portland experience at the 107th Annual Meeting.

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Sharing Knowledge and Strategic Thinking

Mar 21, 2022

Learn more about AACRAO's ASCEND program through the lens of its participants.

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Overcoming Challenges and Building Confidence

Feb 7, 2022

Learn more about AACRAO's ASCEND program and the opportunities it provides.

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Unique Pathways to Leadership

Jan 10, 2022

AACRAO ASCEND participant, Anne Thurmer, discusses her pathway to her current position and her participation in the ASCEND program.

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Meet the Future Leaders of Enrollment Management

Nov 1, 2021

Learn about AACRAO's professional development program ASCEND and meet the 2021 cohort.

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2021 Research Grant Award Recipient Selected

Oct 18, 2021

AACRAO 2021 Research Grant recipient Dr. Angela Brockelsby discusses her upcoming research and goals.

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AACRAO ASCEND Program Application Now Open

Aug 23, 2021

AACRAO's Ascend Program Application is now open. Learn more about the program, its goals, and how to apply.

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#GivingTuesday: Transform our world

Nov 30, 2020

Ideas about how you can give back to the AACRAO community.

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Inaugural ASCEND cohort recognized at AACRAO SEM

Nov 12, 2020

Participants receive mentoring, support, and guidance from SEM experts.

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Top 5 picks from AACRAO’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Dec 2, 2019

Join AACRAO Gives for #GivingTuesday, and shop professional development for yourself and your staff.

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Congratulations to AACRAO's new board members

Nov 19, 2019

New voting initiative raises nearly $3500 for AACRAO Gives.

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Field Notes: Leadership development cohort kicks off at SEM

Nov 4, 2019

ASCEND will prepare a diverse group to take on leadership roles in Enrollment Management.

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Support students struggling with food and housing insecurities

Nov 4, 2019

AACRAO will match up to $5,000 in monetary donations through November 15.

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Housing, food, or tuition? The new economics of college

Nov 4, 2019

SEM's opening plenary speaker, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, discussed meeting students' basic needs with a culture of caring.

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Voting for good

Oct 22, 2019

One vote = one donation to a good cause.

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The fast track to advancement

Oct 21, 2019

AACRAO is pleased to introduce the inaugural cohort of the ASCEND Leadership Development Program.

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AACRAO's leadership development program accepting applicants

Jul 8, 2019

ASCEND helps you prepare for the next step in your enrollment management career.

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AACRAO Gives: School on Wheels

May 13, 2019

Annual Meeting 2019 attendees donated to this California nonprofit.

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ASCEND program announced: Standing by our commitment to nurturers of diversity

Apr 29, 2019

AACRAO seeks faculty and mentors for diverse midlevel enrollment managers.

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AACRAO proudly recognizes the first recipient of the Nathanson Research Fund for International Education, Laura Parson

Apr 14, 2019

Read about her EDGE research in Hungary, and learn about another research funding opportunity from IELTS (English-language testing).

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AACRAO LEAD Curriculum Work Group members named

Mar 17, 2019

Workgroup to establish the Senior Enrollment Management Officer leadership development program, which will kick off this fall.

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The demand is high. The picture is big. The goal is meaningful.

Nov 27, 2018

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AACRAO kicks off the LEAD Initiative

Nov 13, 2018

With a new caucus, working group, Career Navigator, and more, AACRAO is advancing diversity in enrollment leadership.

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AACRAO takes the LEAD on diversifying enrollment leadership

Oct 30, 2018

Identifying and preparing a diverse group of enrollment leaders

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The Give Back Project shows VACRAO has heart

Jul 2, 2018

Annual drive furthers the mission of this state organization.

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Nebraska ACRAO gives back to their host communities

Jun 18, 2018

Schools and nonprofits benefit from their Annual Meeting drives.

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AACRAO prepares for move to new office in Washington, DC

May 21, 2018

Local D.C.-area school repurposes donated equipment from Dupont office.

Meet four first-time Annual Meeting attendees

Mar 22, 2018

AACRAO proudly supports these Conner Scholarship recipients in their quests for professional development.

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National Giving Tuesday: Help AACRAO build a stronger higher ed community

Nov 28, 2017

According to surveys, the top reason that members cannot get the professional development they deserve is a lack of institutional financial support.

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AACRAO selects Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert as IESC-EDGE Chair, recognizes retiring Chair Gloria Nathanson

Jun 13, 2017

Announcing the Gloria R. Nathanson Fund for research in international educationï