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AACRAO's bi-weekly professional development e-newsletter Connect offers timely information, actionable tips, and expert guidance relevant to your career; stories about interesting colleagues doing inspiring things; and news about association services, activities and resources.

Like a virtual, on-demand AACRAO conference-between-conferences, Connect keeps professional conversations alive and helps you stay engaged with the association that advocates for and believes in your career. 

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4 questions to guide SEM implementation

Nov 18, 2019

Closing thoughts from AACRAO SEM 2019.

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Sustain your institution’s brand presence over time

Nov 18, 2019

How residual marketing can boost the efficiency of your recruitment efforts.

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International Education Week 2019: Cultivating global citizens

Nov 18, 2019

Peek inside the 2019 Open Doors report, an annual survey on international students in the U.S. and U.S. students studying abroad, released Monday.

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4 compass points for successful business process improvements

Nov 15, 2019

How enrollment, academic, and student services units can add value.

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Field Notes: 4 tips for nailing your next job interview

Nov 15, 2019

A hiring manager shares how to make the most of your in-person interview.

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Building the Blueprint: the 2019 Baden-Württemberg Seminar

Nov 12, 2019

One participant shares her most memorable moment, biggest takeaway, and advice for next year's seminar participants.

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10 lessons learned when restructuring for transformative change

Nov 5, 2019

Facing the difficult prospect of restructuring, one president shares his insights.

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Finding best-fit students

Nov 5, 2019

5 keys to a successful search program

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3 stages of an academic success program for athletes

Nov 5, 2019

A pilot program at one school has lead to increased GPAs and graduation rates.

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10-minute mentors address questions common and unusual

Nov 5, 2019

In speed mentoring rounds at SEM, 13 volunteers supported mentees' career aspirations.

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Many new exhibitors bring excitement to SEM 2019

Nov 4, 2019

Exhibitors included AI Chatbots, Scholarships & institutional aid solutions, schedule planner tools & software, enrollment management CRM, strategic marketing firms, credentials platform, transportation management solutions, and more.

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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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How a road trip (and a flat tire) drove SEM plan success

Nov 4, 2019

One institution's unexpected roadmap to change -- and six practical tips for campus-wide SEM buy-in.

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The Game of Life: Engaging your campus in the student lifecycle

Nov 4, 2019

Step into students' shoes with this board game.

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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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Remove policy and procedural barriers to access

Nov 4, 2019

9 questions to help you find and address issues hindering students and the institution.

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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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Introducing AACRAO Quick Takes

Oct 22, 2019

AACRAO is offering quick videoconference updates on emerging issues, such as the College Affordability Act. Sign up here.

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Voting for good

Oct 22, 2019

One vote = one donation to a good cause.

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ARSEE 2019 addresses professionalization, technology, compliance

Oct 21, 2019

AACRAO attended our sister organization's national conference in Cancun, Mexico.