Several hundred Chief Enrollment Management Officer (CEMO) positions are likely to open in the U.S. in the next three years, according to AACRAO Research.
Fueled by the Baby Boomer retirement wave and escalated by COVID-19, this shift presents
many developing professionals the opportunity to step into leadership in Enrollment Management.
Data report on AACRAO professions
The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (cupa-hr) recently evaluated AACRAO member professions, including Chief Enrollment Management Officer, Chief
Student Admissions Officer, and Chief Student Registration/ Records Officer. Their workforce report included these findings:
This group is primarily made up of women. Approximately 69 percent of AACRAO professionals are women. Unlike College Presidents,
AACRAO professionals are majority women.
People of color are underrepresented. Non-white people comprise just 21 percent of AACRAO members, despite making up 40 percent of the general population. Among chief officers, we see much lower representation among women of color -- around 8 percent.
The Registrar position is unique. These positions see a median 7 years at the same job, 70 percent are women, and 15 percent are racial/ethnic minorities. Although the records position has some diversity at lower levels, there are few opportunities
for advancement due to longer tenure in high-level positions.
Now is the time to prepare
If you find your skillset needs improvement (life-long learners unite), take advantage of AACRAO's EM resources
, explore AACRAO's EM proficiencies, explore AACRAO's SEM Endorsement Program. And watch for AACRAO's online course offerings coming in 2021.