State and Regional Organizations

AACRAO and the state and regional associations (ACRAOs) share the same basic goals of enhancing not only the profession but also the professional development of the individual members. One of the fundamental strengths of our profession is the vitality of strong, active state and regional associations. These associations provide members with many professional development activities and opportunities and generally are instrumental in forging the informal networks that exist throughout the country.

AACRAO's Vice President of Leadership and Management Development and AACRAO's State and Regional Relations Committee formulate and share responsibility for AACRAO's relationship with state and regional associations.

 

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Resources

  • State and Regional Fundamentals (On-Demand Course)

    This course provides a core understanding of the functions of a state and regional Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ACRAO). An overview of how individual state and regional associations of all sizes can apply best practices in managing an association, running meetings, and providing professional development activities for their members that are based on successful state and regional ACRAOs.

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  • State & Regional "How to" Guide

    Containing best practices, examples, and suggestions that affiliated State & Regional Organizations of all sizes may reference as they develop and/or improve their organization

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  • State & Regional Partnership and Affiliate Program

    Additional information regarding the AACRAO State & Regional Partnership and Affiliate Program.

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  • Ockerman Awards

    The Elbert W. Ockerman State and Regional Professional Activity Award recognizes outstanding professional activities of the state/regional associations and encourages development and expansion of quality professional activities among state/regional associations. Up to three awards of $500 each will be presented. Nominees must prepare a one page written summary of their activities for consideration. The recipient(s) are recommended by the AACRAO Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

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  • State & Regional ACRAOs Leadership Group

    State and Regional ACRAOs group is an electronic forum for sharing information about questions and issues of interest to those in positions of leadership in the state and regional associations. It is open to any officers of state and regional associations, the AACRAO Board of Directors, AACRAO National Office staff, and AACRAO committees whose activities relate to those of the state and regional associations. This group is a beneficial service to the state and regional associations and to AACRAO.

    How to join the group

    To request to join the group, send an email to s-r-leaders+subscribe@aacrao.org. After sending a message to this address, you will receive an automated reply asking you to confirm your request. To join the group, you must reply to the message to confirm the request, and a notification will be sent to the Group manager to approve your request.

  • State and Regional Treasurers Peer Network

    The State and Regional Treasurers Peer Network is a networking and affinity group for state and regional (S&R) treasurers, treasurers-elect, and immediate past treasurers.  This group provides a community of like minded professionals to share best practices and insights, as well as to provide support and encouragement to one another serving in an S&R treasury role. This group may also identify and propose ways that AACRAO can support and collaborate with the state and regional associations.

    This group is open to professionals serving in the treasurer, treasurer-elect, or immediate past-treasurer positions within their respective state and regional associations, as well as individuals who have served in one of these capacities within the last two years.  Professionals serving in other leadership positions within S&R associations may also join this group. 

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  • State & Regional Facebook Group

    Join this online community to stay connected to the ACRAO network

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Upcoming State & Regional Deadlines

Upcoming State & Regional Events

Strategic Planning & Organizational Value

July 26, 2023

July 26, 2023 2:00-3:00 pm ET
Come join members of AACRAO's State & Regional Relations Committee as we discuss how to get started on a strategic plan. We will provide a framework for developing a strategic plan, have opportunities for networking and discussion, and end with next steps for promoting organizational value. 
 

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    Presenters:

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    Amber Cellotti

    Interim Director & Deputy Registrar, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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    Johnika Dreher

    Executive Director, K-12 State Partnerships, Kent State University

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    Philip Hunt

    University Registrar, North Dakota State University

    Past State & Regional Events

    Strategic Planning & Organizational Value

    July 26, 2023

    July 26, 2023 2:00-3:00 pm ET
    Come join members of AACRAO's State & Regional Relations Committee as we discuss how to get started on a strategic plan. We will provide a framework for developing a strategic plan, have opportunities for networking and discussion, and end with next steps for promoting organizational value. 
     

    Watch Now

      Presenters:

      Portrait photo of Amber Cellotti.

      Amber Cellotti

      Interim Director & Deputy Registrar, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

      Headshot of Johnika Dreher.

      Johnika Dreher

      Executive Director, K-12 State Partnerships, Kent State University

      headshot of Philip Hunt

      Philip Hunt

      University Registrar, North Dakota State University

      Meet the members

      • Chris Huang AAPI Bio
      • Philip Hunt Black Bio (1)
      • Laura Remillard Women Bio
      • Badge for Amber Cellotti
      • Committee Badge for Johnika Dreher
      • Committee Badge for Texas Ruegg
      • Committee Badge for Kristin Smigielski
      • Committee Badge for Molly McDermott Fallon

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      Leadership

      AACRAO VP for Leadership Management and Development

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      Philip Hunt
      University Registrar, North Dakota State University

      Chair, AACRAO S&R Relations Committee

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      Amber Cellotti
      Associate Director in the Office of the Registrar, University of Minnesota Twin Cities


      Vice-Chair, AACRAO S&R Relations Committee

      Johnika Dreher
      Executive Director, K-12 State Partnerships, Kent State University


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      Live from #AACRAO2023: State & Regional Hot Topics

      Mar 28, 2023

      Promoting engagement, leadership, and planning with State and Regional ACRAO's.

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      AACRAO Supports State and Regional Conferences

      Jul 25, 2022

      Learn about the tools, resources, and support AACRAO provides to State and Regional associations.

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      State and Regionals: A New Mentorship Program from New England

      Apr 18, 2022

      A new mentorship program from the New England ACRAO.

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      NJNYACRAO Hosts Upcoming Virtual Conference

      Mar 7, 2022

      Learn about the upcoming virtual conference hosted by the NJNYACRAO.

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      Increasing Member Engagement With Associations

      Jan 18, 2022

      AACRAO and State and Regional leaders discuss increasing membership engagement and providing resources.

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      Indiana ACRAO Hosts Virtual Workshop on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

      Aug 23, 2021

      Learn about Indiana ACRAO's experience hosting a virtual conference and promoting engagement with their membership.

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      Join The Upcoming State & Regional Coffee Break

      Aug 9, 2021

      Join AACRAO's State & Regional Associations Coffee Break to discuss event and conference planning.

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      A plastic sabre, a fake mustache, an ersatz tiara: Making magic for ACRAO State & Regionals

      Nov 12, 2020

      Recent workshops strengthening S&Rs were the bee's knees.

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      AACRAO affirms relationship with State and Regionals

      Jul 29, 2019

      National office makes investment in state and regional associations

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      OACRAO is "winning at student success"

      Oct 29, 2018

      Sessions titled after popular game shows make for a fun and engaging fall conference.

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      A moving testimony about the work AACRAO members do

      Aug 3, 2018

      "Our work is important and meaningful for students, and our organizations are critical to maintaining consistency in higher education, and being innovative in solving higher education issues," writes Arturo Torres, AACRAO Leadership attendee.

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      The Give Back Project shows VACRAO has heart

      Jul 2, 2018

      Annual drive furthers the mission of this state organization.

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      Nebraska ACRAO gives back to their host communities

      Jun 18, 2018

      Schools and nonprofits benefit from their Annual Meeting drives.

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      Straight from State & Regionals: NEACRAO’s George Coleman Scholarship helps students, institutions

      May 7, 2018

      Giving back to talented students in New England.

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      Sep 20, 2016

      Professional development wizardry in the Emerald City.

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      Straight from State and Regionals: Poster sessions stimulate research, energize SACRAO conference

      Jul 29, 2014

      SACRAO Annual Meeting abuzz with conversations about local members' research, thanks to the "poster sessions" introduced at their 2013 conference.