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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  • AACRAO Leadership Meeting

    The Leadership Meeting is designed for AACRAO leaders shaping the future of AACRAO and higher education; attendees include State or Regional Association Officers, PAC leaders, Work Group Chairs, Caucus Chairs, Committee Chairs, Conference Directors, and Program Committee Coordinators. As a hub for collaboration and growth essential for S&R Officers, this exclusive gathering fosters strategic discussions and networking opportunities. Registration opens after the Annual Meeting. AACRAO provides meals but travel and accommodations are the responsibility of S&R leaders.

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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 Exchange Community

    Join the State and Regional ACRAOs Leadership community in the AACRAO Exchange. The AACRAO Exchange is a purpose-built platform designed to connect higher education professionals together to advance the pursuit of excellence in higher education. Once you join the Exchange community, you can share information about questions and issues of interest to those in leadership positions 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.

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  • 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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  • Join The S&R Coordinating Committee

    The State & Regional Coordinating Committee falls under Group 4: Leadership and Management Development. All AACRAO members are eligible to join a committee.

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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

Lessons Learned: Guidance for Future Association Leaders

December 13, 2023

December 13, 2023 2:00-3:00 pm ET

During this workshop, Tiffani Robertson will highlight some of the key lessons she learned while being President-Elect of a state association and how she will turn those lessons into guidance for future leaders of the association. With clear guidance and transition practices, encouraging future leaders to fill vacant roles will not be such a burden. Be ready to discuss some of your best practices as well during this informative workshop!

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    Presenters:

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    Tiffani Robertson

    Associate Director, Enrollment Management at Governors State University

    Past State & Regional Events

    Lessons Learned: Guidance for Future Association Leaders

    December 13, 2023

    December 13, 2023 2:00-3:00 pm ET

    During this workshop, Tiffani Robertson will highlight some of the key lessons she learned while being President-Elect of a state association and how she will turn those lessons into guidance for future leaders of the association. With clear guidance and transition practices, encouraging future leaders to fill vacant roles will not be such a burden. Be ready to discuss some of your best practices as well during this informative workshop!

    Additional Resources:

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      Presenters:

      Photograph of Tiffani Robertson

      Tiffani Robertson

      Associate Director, Enrollment Management at Governors 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
      • Katie Brown - Committee Badge

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      Leadership

      AACRAO VP for Leadership Management and Development

      Tiffany Robertson
      Associate Director, Enrollment Management at Governors State University


      Chair, AACRAO S&R Relations Committee

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      Johnika Dreher
      Doctoral Student, Morgan State University


      Vice-Chair, AACRAO S&R Relations Committee

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      Katie Brown
      Assistant Vice President, Student Success & University Registrar, Apsen University


      Past Chair, AACRAO S&R Relations Committee

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      Amber Cellotti
      Interim Director & Deputy Registrar, University of Minnesota Twin Cities



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