AACRAO is a long-standing leader in the advancement of the Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR). In 2015, The Lumina Foundation awarded AACRAO and NASPA: Association of Student Affairs Professionals $1.7 million to pilot a project to develop models for a more comprehensive student record.
After the success of the pilot, Lumina awarded the two associations a $1.2 million grant in 2017 to continue their work on the development and adoption of CLR in American higher education.
In 2021, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation further supported AACRAO's efforts and awarded the organization a $1.2 million grant to bring CLR to scale in several states to address important challenges in credit mobility for learners.
The CLR seeks to capture, record, and communicate learning when and where it happens in a student’s higher education experience. This includes learning outcomes from courses, programs, and degrees and the experience they have outside
the classroom that helps develop their career-ready skills and abilities.