Five Exceptional Sessions Recognized by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center at the AACRAO SEM Conference

October 28, 2020
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Five Exceptional Sessions Recognized by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center at the AACRAO SEM Conference
Research honored to achieve enrollment management goals and metrics


Five exceptional sessions have been awarded The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center SEM Research Track honor at the 2020 AACRAO Strategic Enrollment Management Conference taking place this week.

Strategic enrollment management (SEM) is a campus-wide framework that supports institutional enrollment goals by enhancing student access to and success in higher education, best business practices, and comprehensive institutional planning. SEM underscores the importance of data-driven decision making models, which is why AACRAO and the NSC Research Center partner to highlight SEM Conference sessions focusing on the use of research to achieve enrollment management goals and metrics.

“Since 2012, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has been proud to support this research track and see the growth in the use of data, not only in admissions and SEM, but in offices all across campus,” said Dr. Doug Shapiro, Vice President, Research and Executive Director, NSC Research Center. “We’re honored to support this expansion in the work of SEM practitioners who are leveraging their data to improve student success.”

The AACRAO SEM Conference Director and an NSC representative selected the following five sessions to represent programming in the research track, based on criteria revolving around recruitment, scheduling, student aid, retention and success, or other SEM initiatives:

Adapting to Change: Moving Campus Communities Online to Drive Enrollment and Yield
Kate Dyki (Wayne State University)
Dawn Medley (Wayne State University)
Christine Vienna Knific (Wisr)

Hindsight Is 2020 (for Summer): the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Summer Sessions and Implications for the Future
Steven P. Girardot (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Troy Hargrove (Saint Louis University)
Lowell K. Davis (Western Carolina University)
Patricia Suske (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Using Data and Predictive Analysis to Build an Inquiry Pool
Jennifer E. DeHaemers (Central Michigan University)
Lee Furbeck (Central Michigan University)
Robert Roe (Central Michigan University)
Emma A. Gyasi (Central Michigan University)

Utilizing Student Data to Inform Classroom Pedagogy
Alexander Taylor (Elon University)
Rodney L. Parks (Elon University)

Healing Through Data and Research: What to Do When Everything Is "Unprecedented"
Amy Hutton (Virginia Commonwealth University)

In addition to the award, the sessions were recognized in the conference programming and recipients received a partial waiver of conference fees.


AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals representing approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Its commitment to the professional development of its members includes best practice guidance on admissions strategies to meet institutional diversity objectives, delivery of academic programs in innovative ways to meet the needs of a changing student body, and exemplary approaches to student retention and completion.