Brenda Schumann, Ph.D.

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Deputy University Registrar and Director of Operations and Compliance

AACRAO Elections Position Statement (2024-2025 Nominations & Elections Commitee)

AACRAO plays an important and critical role for those involved in the Registrar and Admissions profession. The organization provides opportunities to learn from our peers, benchmark, discover best practices, innovate, and support the learners on our respective campuses.  If elected to serve on the Nominations and Elections committee, my goal will be to collaborate and be engaged in the N&E process by working to ensure that the slate of officers is representative of our AACRAO membership that provides for a broad range of perspectives. There are many outstanding AACRAO members across our organization, and I am excited to have an opportunity to shape the future direction of AACRAO by serving on the N&E Committee.

I have been honored to have active involvement in AACRAO, SACRAO, and TACRAO and have served in a variety of leadership capacities, on program planning and standing committees and presenting at conferences. Most recently, I chaired the AACRAO Workgroup which published “Best Practices for Alternative Credentials,” a guide for our membership to utilize when implementing these new credential types.  I also have completed the SEM endorsement program and currently serve as an evaluator for current SEM-EP participants.  For the SACRAO organization, I have served as chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee and chair of the Information Technology Program Planning Committee, and received recognition as the Outstanding Session Presenter at the 2020 conference.  For the TACRAO organization, I previously served as Secretary, Co-Chair of Local Arrangements Committee for our annual conference, and Chair of the Strategic Enrollment Management Standing and Conference Planning Committee.

Regardless of the *ACRAO organization in which I have been involved, I have found our membership to be some of the brightest, most creative and innovative, collaborative and collegial. My goal in serving on the AACRAO Nominations and Elections Committee is to harness the knowledge of our profession and facilitate relationships of our membership to create a slate of officers to lead our AACRAO organization into the future.


2020 SEM-EP Graduate

Brenda Schumann has over twenty years of experience in higher education and the enrollment management profession.  She currently serves as the Deputy University Registrar and Director of Operations and Compliance at the University of Texas at Austin and previously served as the Director of Registration and Records (Registrar) and Assistant Director of Admissions at Texas Lutheran University.  Brenda’s professional experience includes all aspects of the enrollment management portfolio -- registrar, admissions, and financial aid – which  allows her to apply her knowledge and skills in support of students and the University community.  Brenda maintains active participation and membership in AACRAO, SACRAO, and TACRAO and presents frequently at various conferences on succession planning, leadership, learning organizations, enrollment management, competency based-hiring and evaluations, strategic planning, and project management. She participated in the AACRAO Baden-Wurttemburg seminar in 2017; is currently serving as an AACRAO content contributor; served on the local arrangements committee for SACRAO 2013 and chair of the SACRAO information technology program committee in 2015-2016; and served as local arrangements committee chair for TACRAO 2016 and TACRAO Secretary 2017-2019. 

Capstone Project: The capstone literature review focused on an outcomes-based approach to achieve results in supporting students for success.  The literature review applies an outcomes based approach to the development and assessment of a Strategic Enrollment Management unit within an institution, in developing programming and support to assist in student persistence, and in developing an outcomes based approach for the changing role of the Registrar in the support of new teaching models, student mobility, learning outcomes, and academic credit and calendars.

Review of: Rethinking College Admissions: Research-Based Practice and Policy