This year the ASCEND Leadership Development Program launches
its second cohort at AACRAO's Annual SEM conference in Miami, Florida. ASCEND is part of AACRAO’s Leaders in Enrollment Advancing Diversity (LEAD) initiative, and aims to diversity enrollment management leadership across the higher education
enterprise. ASCEND participants complete several courses over the year, such as writing a SEM plan, change management, data analysis, and leveraging technology in higher education. They also develop a strategic enrollment management plan as their
The ASCEND program aims at preparing higher education professionals in the competencies required to take the next step in enrollment management leadership. This year-long intensive program uses self-paced modules and live discussions to cover the technical
topics of enrollment management.
Some of the goals for AACRAO's ASCEND program include:
- Advance the careers of program participants and provide them with important professional development
- Help AACRAO and regional associations develop a “deep bench” of talented, motivated leaders from diverse backgrounds
- Provide individuals from identified under-represented groups in the association community (i.e., smaller and under-resourced institutions as well as people of color, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people, people with disabilities, etc) with support,
access, and opportunities for leadership
Meet the Cohort
Faculty members with extensive knowledge of and experience with enrollment management serve as course facilitators and coaches. Each ASCEND participant works with a coach who provides mentoring, support,
and guidance, not just to complete the program requirements, but also for career planning and professional growth and development.
Visit AACRAO's LEAD Initiative page and join the list for ASCEND and LEAD updates.