Executive Director Updates

AACRAO statement on relationship with Dr. William Sedlacek | 03/31/2021

The work of Dr. William Sedlacek has for decades focused on ways to dismantle racism and improve equity. His 2017 book, Measuring Noncognitive Variables (Stylus Publishing), however, includes passages with terminology in direct opposition to our values.

Statement on Asian American Hate Crimes | 03/18/2021

AACRAO condemns the discrimination and hate crimes directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Congress Confirms President-Elect Biden's Win After Mob Storms Capitol | 01/07/2021

Congress confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's victory early Thursday morning, after the normally ceremonial ritual exploded into chaos as a mob stormed and occupied the U.S. Capitol building.

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  • Trump Administration Rescinds Directive on International Students Following Swift and Fierce Response from Higher Ed, Students, States, and Others | 07/16/2020

    AACRAO celebrates the swift response of the the higher education community in opposition to the Trump administration's ill-conceived policy that would have required international students to attend in-person classes in the fall in order to remain in the country.

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  • AACRAO Takes the Lead for Higher Education to Ensure that the Census Does Not Overstep FERPA Regulations for Off-Campus Student Count | 06/18/2020

    Mike Reilly discusses some concerns about what information institutions will be asked to provide as directory information.

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  • AACRAO Guidance: The Census, Directory Information, and FERPA | 06/03/2020

    Mike Reilly discusses how institutions can work to provide the U.S. Census Bureau the relevant information needed to complete an accurate count.

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  • U.S. Census Operation Update Webinar | 05/28/2020

    Mike Reilly discusses AACRAO's webinar with the U.S. Census Bureau, which provides updates on their modified data collection timeline, procedures, and field operations in light of the pandemic.

    Education Department and NSLDS Reporting Flexibility | 04/29/2020

    Mike Reilly discusses 60 day roster reporting to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

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  • COVID-19 Crisis Practices and FERPA Guidance on Remote Work and Virtual Learning | 03/24/2020

    Mike Reilly discusses best practices on virtual access of student records and other issues.

    COVID-19 Outbreak | 03/19/2020

    Mike Reilly discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on AACRAO and our members.

    Regional vs. National Accreditor Definition: Impact of Education Dept.'s New Accreditation Rules | 02/20/2020

    Mike Reilly discusses the agency's decision to no longer recognize the distinction between regional and national accreditation.

    House Democrats Unveil Comprehensive Overhaul of HEA | 10/17/2019

    Mike Reilly discusses the College Affordability Act.

    AACRAO Legislative Priority Introduced in the House | 05/22/2019

    Legislation to roll back 2012 FERPA regulations and ensure students' private information is not disclosed to third parties.

    Lawmakers Reintroduce Reverse Transfer Efficiency Act | 05/16/2019

    AACRAO worked closely with Congressional offices to ensure legislation increases the flexibility to complete an assessment of student records while still adhering to FERPA standards.

    Executive Director Update – FERPA Office Restructuring | 11/08/2018

    Mike Reilly discusses AACRAO's support of the U.S. Department of Education's recent efforts to restructure the office designated to administer FERPA.

    About AACRAO's Executive Director


    Reilly has served as the Executive Director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) since 2012. Prior to coming to AACRAO he was the Executive Director for the Council of Presidents, an association of the six public baccalaureate degree granting institutions in the state of Washington.  He has more than 25 years of experience in university administration, admissions and enrollment management, including having been the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at both Central Washington University and Humboldt State University.  He served on the American Council on Education Board of Directors and is currently on the American Council on Education’s Commission on Education Attainment and Innovation and the College Board’s Access and Diversity Collaborative Advisory Council.  He is a frequent writer and speaker on public policy matters impacting higher education.