Eye on Research


Join me once a month as I provide commentary, updates on AACRAO Research, and relevant topics in Higher Education research. Want to receive updates on the blog directly? Join the email list below.

- Dr. Wendy Kilgore
Director of Research, AACRAO

Jan. 2022 - Recruitment and Retainment, the Role of Race and Gender, and Types of Transfer | 01/28/2022

This month explores the trends in university recruitment and retainment, the role of race and gender, and types of transfer.

  • Dr. Wendy Kilgore
  • Nov. 2021 - Transcript Holds, Registrar's Office Trends, Policy Changes | 11/26/2021

    This month explores the effects of transcript holds, trends in size and responsibilities of registrar's offices, and institutional policy changes.

  • Dr. Wendy Kilgore
  • Oct. 2021 - Credit Mobility, Institutional Practices, and Virtual Education | 10/29/2021

    This month explores Credit Mobility, Institutional Practices that Impede Undergraduate Student Advancement, and Virtual Education.

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  • Sept. 2021 - Transfer student mobility, financial aid, and equity | 09/24/2021

    This month explores transfer student mobility, financial aid, and equity

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  • August - Return to Campus and Student Success | 08/27/2021

    This month explores the return to campus process and transfer student success.

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  • July - Transfer Success and Institutional Assessment | 07/23/2021

    This month explores transfer success and institutional assessment.

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  • June - Transfer research, aiding adult learners of color, and vaccine mandates | 06/24/2021

    This month sees a multitude of transfer-related research and initiatives by the association.

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  • May - Return to campus, bias in recruitment, and policy changes in higher education public funding | 05/27/2021

    Return to campus, equity, complex academic language, bias in recruiting practices and more are discussed in this month's blog.

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  • April - Perception of professional development, student need insecurities, and fall course delivery | 04/30/2021

    This month's blog has participation opportunities, summary of AACRAO's recent professional development report, and a look at student insecurities and wishes in returning to fall classes.

  • Dr. Wendy Kilgore
  • March - Transfer Task Force Report, Campus Vaccination Plan Update, and COVID-Era College Plans | 03/26/2021

    Reports on transfer student success, digital credentials, and COVID-19 vaccination plans for institutions are what you missed.

  • Dr. Wendy Kilgore
  • February - The COVID-19 mental health impact, community college transfer, and credentials | 02/25/2021

    It's not you - the pandemic is taking its toll on everyone, including your students.

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  • January - COVID-19 vaccination plans, digital credentials, and beyond the baccalaureate | 01/29/2021

    It seems the immediate concern on campus is spring and fall course delivery, with little thought of COVID-19 vaccination policies.

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  • November - A peek behind transfer credit evaluation, psychological intervention in STEM, and international student enrollment | 11/24/2020

    One last bit of research before the holidays begin.

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  • October - Transfer credit loss, blockchain, and prospective student communication | 10/30/2020

    How are you changing the way you communicate with prospective students?

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  • September - New Research Advisory Board members, burnout, and impact of 2020 disruptions | 09/25/2020

    "One thing that is clear from the initial review is that our members are experiencing elevated levels of stress professionally and are both feeling burnout and observing burnout in their co-workers."

  • Dr. Wendy Kilgore
  • August - Stranded credits, digital learning, and assessment changes due to COVID-19 | 08/27/2020

    Pivot is the name of the game right now, even in how assessments are carried out.

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  • July 2020 - Prior learning assessment, student perception of transferring earned credit, and segregation in higher ed | 07/30/2020

    Students are perhaps more perceptive and realistic when it comes to transferred credits than one would expect.

  • Dr. Wendy Kilgore
  • June 2020 - Gender disparity in PECs, stranded credits, and resetting tuition | 06/26/2020

    Upcoming transfer credit research, accessibility for students with disabilities, and more.

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  • May 2020 - A COVID-19 recap, change management in higher education, and coming webinars | 05/29/2020

    A recap of AACRAO's COVID-19 surveys, and what's to come.

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  • March 2020 - Student basic needs, online learning, and the education technology landscape | 03/26/2020

    Current times means both learning and research are being adapted for online purposes.

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    About the Author

    • Dr. Wendy Kilgore

      Wendy Kilgore serves as the Director of Research and Senior Consultant for AACRAO with more than 20  years of experience as a higher education administrator, researcher, and consultant in the US and Canada. She brings expertise in recruitment, admissions, financial aid, academic advisement, curriculum support, registration, records management, veterans’ education services, technology, organizational restructuring, student-centric business practice development, policy development, and managing comprehensive collaboration to support enrolment efforts.

      Prior to her full-time work with AACRAO, Dr. Kilgore served as state dean of enrollment services for the Colorado Community College system and the director of admissions and registrar for the Pima County Community College District. Her professional and consulting experience spans a wide array of institutions, including large public universities, small private colleges, small private, faith-based colleges, private for-profit institutions, technical colleges, a large two-year multi-campus community college district, and a state community college system consisting of 13 colleges. 

      Dr. Kilgore’s strategic consulting experience has included: records retention and disposition reviews, comprehensive student service evaluations; registrar and admission office reviews; business process analysis, mapping, and re-engineering; policy reviews; student service division mission; values and goals development; recommendations for organizational restructuring; technology requirements assessment and documentation, project charter and project plan development and SEM plan development.