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It’s all in the SEMantics

Keeping you ahead of the higher education curve is what we do. That includes providing quick and easy access to critical insight and information you can leverage to make better strategic decisions. Our SEMantics blog shares the latest news about the work our consultants are doing with institutions across the nation and the world, as well as the latest trends and developments that impact you. Read our most recent posts here, or browse through our archive by topic or key word.

8 fundamentals of successful student recruitment

by AACRAO  ·  August 20, 2018

​Student recruitment is just one component of best practice in Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) but it is one of the most critical. It is a complex, fast-paced, high-stakes, year-round endeavor without much of a safety net.

4 questions about data integration on campus

by AACRAO  ·  August 13, 2018

​Creating better and more complete student records requires both good data and coherent data integration across systems. The complex challenges presented by data integration have emerged as institutions have made progress on creating comprehensive learner records (CLRs) – such as those created as part of the ongoing Lumina-funded AACRAO CLR initiative begun in 2015.

5 policy areas where the registrar’s voice should be heard

by AACRAO  ·  August 10, 2018

​Because registrars have a unique, holistic perspective of how students, course offerings, or programs will be impacted by policy decisions, registrars should involve themselves to the extent possible in the policy-writing process.

Leading high-performance SEM teams

by AACRAO  ·  August 06, 2018

​A successful SEM organization is based on building and maintaining a high-performance team, according to Monique Perry, assistant vice president for enrollment services at York Technical College. This, she writes in the latest issue of SEMQ​, requires a focus on organizational culture.

Is this the end of the Registrar as we know it?

by AACRAO  ·  July 23, 2018

Thomas Black from John Hopkins University and Mark McConahay from Indiana University-Bloomington presented a wonderful Monday’s end reflective session focusing on the question: Is this the end of the Registrar as we know it?

New England: Get the most bang for your buck

by AACRAO  ·  July 20, 2018

Institutions that support their employees’ professional development are likely to see a major return on that investment through employee engagement, performance and retention. In fact, 7 out of 10 employees say that professional development opportunities affect their decision to stay with their employer.

3 solutions for optimizing technology in business processes

by AACRAO  ·  July 09, 2018

If you’ve ever implemented an ERP or other software package you know that a frequent part of the process is what is known as a “fit-gap analysis.” In a fit-gap analysis your implementation partner helps you assess functionality of the new software that is a “fit” with your current needs and business processes and where there may be any “gaps” that must be addressed through changes in business process or through configuration or customization of the system.

C&U Journal: "AACRAO Research: A Year in Review 2017"

by AACRAO  ·  July 09, 2018

​AACRAO Senior Consultant Dr. Wendy Kilgore​ has written an article in AACRAO’s June 2018 College & University Journal titled: “AACRAO Research: A Year in Review 2017”.

C&U Journal: "Creating a digital credential strategy"

by AACRAO  ·  July 06, 2018

​Dr. Rodney Parks​, University Registrar and Assistant to the Provost, Alexander Taylor, a Student Information Systems technician at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, and Jess Parrish, Financial Manager in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University co-authored an article in AACRAO’s June 2018 College & University Journal.

C&U Journal: "College Funding Specialists"

by AACRAO  ·  July 02, 2018

Dr. Christopher Tremblay, Director of AACRAO’s Strategic Enrollment Management Endorsement Program (SEM-EP), and a research and marketing consultant for Michigan State University’s Gifted and Talented Educated (Gate) Program, wrote an article in AACRAO’s June 2018 College & University Journal.

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