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Leaders in Enrollment Advancing Diversity (LEAD)

The LEAD initiative takes a multi-pronged approach at identifying and preparing a diverse group of enrollment leaders to take on leadership roles in Enrollment Management in North America and across the globe.

ASCEND

 

The ASCEND Program is designed to prepare mid-level professionals in the competencies required to take the next step in enrollment management leadership. The year-long intensive program uses self-paced modules and live discussions to cover the technical topics of enrollment management. This program utilizes panel discussion and coaching to cover the professional concepts and attitudes of mind required for leadership. Some of the goals of this 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., people of color, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people, people with disabilities) with support, access, and opportunities for leadership
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Important 2021 Dates

Application Open
August 24

Application Close
October 8

Applicants Notified
Mid-October

Program Kick-Off
Sunday, November 14 in Miami, FL during the SEM Conference

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Sharing Knowledge and Strategic Thinking

Mar 21, 2022

Learn more about AACRAO's ASCEND program through the lens of its participants.

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Overcoming Challenges and Building Confidence

Feb 7, 2022

Learn more about AACRAO's ASCEND program and the opportunities it provides.

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Meet the Future Leaders of Enrollment Management

Nov 1, 2021

Learn about AACRAO's professional development program ASCEND and meet the 2021 cohort.

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AACRAO ASCEND Program Application Now Open

Aug 23, 2021

AACRAO's Ascend Program Application is now open. Learn more about the program, its goals, and how to apply.

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#GivingTuesday: Transform our world

Nov 30, 2020

Ideas about how you can give back to the AACRAO community.

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Inaugural ASCEND cohort recognized at AACRAO SEM

Nov 12, 2020

Participants receive mentoring, support, and guidance from SEM experts.

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Top 5 picks from AACRAO’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Dec 2, 2019

Join AACRAO Gives for #GivingTuesday, and shop professional development for yourself and your staff.

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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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The fast track to advancement

Oct 21, 2019

AACRAO is pleased to introduce the inaugural cohort of the ASCEND Leadership Development Program.

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AACRAO's leadership development program accepting applicants

Jul 8, 2019

ASCEND helps you prepare for the next step in your enrollment management career.

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ASCEND program announced: Standing by our commitment to nurturers of diversity

Apr 29, 2019

AACRAO seeks faculty and mentors for diverse midlevel enrollment managers.

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AACRAO LEAD Curriculum Work Group members named

Mar 17, 2019

Workgroup to establish the Senior Enrollment Management Officer leadership development program, which will kick off this fall.

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The demand is high. The picture is big. The goal is meaningful.

Nov 27, 2018

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AACRAO kicks off the LEAD Initiative

Nov 13, 2018

With a new caucus, working group, Career Navigator, and more, AACRAO is advancing diversity in enrollment leadership.

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AACRAO takes the LEAD on diversifying enrollment leadership

Oct 30, 2018

Identifying and preparing a diverse group of enrollment leaders