Displaced & Vulnerable Students

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The displacement of students, even temporarily, can have a chilling effect on the lives of those impacted. It can also alter the path toward degree completion. Effective and timely assistance for campus communities in addressing the damage done can make a difference in how quickly the challenges for students can be overcome.


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As a leader in best practices around enrollment and records management AACRAO must stay engaged in global conversations around college completion for refugees. As such, AACRAO is a contributor to the Article 26 Backpack (A26BP). 


Elements markerAACRAO has a critical role to play during hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other natural disasters. We are here to provide resources, coordinate exchanges, and help meet immediate needs.

Natural Disaster Resources


School markerWith the recent closing of institutions holding ACICS accreditation to include ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges, students found themselves scrambling to transfer to a new institution. Use this resource page to ease the transition of students.

School Closing Resources


March 26, 2018
Washington, DC Higher Ed Association and Orlando Students Pressure Congress to Protect Vulnerable Students. Read more.

March 7, 2018
AACRAO attends off-the-record session roundtable discussion sponsored by IIE and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement to discuss innovative initiatives highlighting the A26BP™.

February 18-21, 2018
AACRAO presents at the annual AIEA conference in DC on a panel session with UNITAR and Rutgers titled: Universities' Role in Assisting and Empowering Refugees and At-Risk Migrants.

September 19, 2017
AACRAO convened representatives of key global organizations who specialize in the evaluation of educational records of displaced and vulnerable peoples for employment, immigration and the access to higher education to introduce the U.C. Davis Article 26 Backpack (A26BP). During the one-day symposium, panelists introduced their organization’s initiatives in supporting refugee access to higher education, approaches to the reconstruction of educational histories, and engaged in discussion of the viability of the concept of the A26BP.