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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.

Building Our Future: AACRAO Moving to New Location Summer 2018

by AACRAO  ·  December 08, 2017

After 48 years in our current location of One Dupont Circle, AACRAO will be transitioning to a new location in June 2018. At the direction of the Board of Directors, AACRAO has entered into a contract to purchase an office in Washington, DC.

So you want to become a chief enrollment officer?

by AACRAO  ·  December 04, 2017

As a profession, enrollment management is approximately 30-35 years old. As the domain of an enrollment manager grows in size and complexity, a new role on campus has emerged: the Chief Enrollment Management Officer (CEMO).

C&U Journal: "Office of the Registrar: Mission and Vision"

by AACRAO  ·  December 01, 2017

AACRAO Senior Consultant Howard Shanken​ and David Sauter, University Registrar at Miami University, have written an article in AACRAO’s November 2017 College & University Journal titled: ” Office of the Registrar: Mission and Vision”.

National Giving Tuesday: Help AACRAO build a stronger higher ed community

by AACRAO  ·  November 28, 2017

According to surveys, the top reason that AACRAO members cannot get the professional development they deserve is a lack of institutional financial support. As budgets tighten and the supply to encourage career and institutional development diminishes, AACRAO wants to step in and keep the tools for success available to all.

C&U Journal: "Revolutionizing Academic Records: A Student Perspective"

by AACRAO  ·  November 27, 2017

Dr. Rodney Parks, University Registrar and Assistant to the Provost, Jess Parrish, Assistant Registrar for Communications and Jack Fryer, a third year undergraduate collaborating with the Office of Registrar at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, co-authored a study in AACRAO’s November 2017 College & University Journal.

The Atlantic: How Campus Racism Could Affect Black Students' College Enrollment

by AACRAO  ·  November 22, 2017

In an article published in The Atlantic, titled: “How Campus Racism Could Affect Black Students’ College Enrollment” AACRAO’s Associate Executive Director for Consulting and SEM, Dr. Tom Green​, is quoted warning against concluding that the declining yield rates of black students applying to UVA means they are less interested.

The power of social listening

by AACRAO  ·  November 20, 2017

At the 2017 SEM conference, presenter Dr. Liz Gross of the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation offered insights about how to leverage social listening for the benefit of branding, enrollment, and awareness. The session was entitled, “Beyond Likes and Shares: How Social Listening Can Impact Enrollment Management Outcomes.”

8 tips for managing change

by AACRAO  ·  November 17, 2017

​At the AACRAO SEM Conference on Monday, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Vice Provost of Enrollment Management Diane Walleser, along with colleagues from the admissions, registration and financial aid departments, presented a session on “Managing the Messy Middle of Change.”

SEM Conference advisers consider how to help AACRAO members meet demand for EMs

by AACRAO  ·  November 13, 2017

​At the 2017 SEM Conference in Phoenix, the SEM Conference advisory board met to discuss this year’s content and look ahead to 2018 planning. At their meeting, the group was riveted by a recently-released AACRAO study on the the career path of the Chief Enrollment Officer​. That study indicates that there will be almost 750 upcoming vacancies in the field of enrollment management.

The state of college completion initiatives at U.S. community colleges

by AACRAO  ·  November 10, 2017

Since President Obama introduced the 2020 goal to increase the percentage of citizens with college degrees, completion rates and how to improve them have been at the forefront of higher education institutional agendas. AACRAO researchers Wendy Kilgore, Ph.D., Director of Research at AACRAO and Jacob I. Wilson, Research Intern, set out to understand how certain completion initiatives are impacting student completion rates.

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