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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.

AACRAO to join the University Alliance for Refugee and at Risk Migrants

by AACRAO  ·  February 14, 2018

​The first UARRM (University Alliance for Refugee and at Risk Migrants) convening was held February 2, 2018, at Rutgers University. UARRM is a group of researchers, practitioners and policymakers seeking to harness the potential of university communities for the empowerment and protection of refugees and at-risk migrants in the United States.

Is it armageddon?

by AACRAO  ·  February 02, 2018

​Given the rapidly-changing landscape of higher education over the last decade, many registrars are looking to the future to try to anticipate and understand our profession direction in order to gracefully and efficiently influence and adapt to those changes when they occur.

AACRAO Releases New Mentorship Publication

by AACRAO  ·  January 26, 2018

What began as a series of articles in AACRAO’s journal, College and University, has become a collection of insights and reflections on a variety of mentoring styles and programs. Mentorship in Higher Education: Practical Advice and Leadership Theories features a multitude of wisdom and anecdotes offering multiple perspectives on and experiences with mentorship.

Field Notes: Reflections from an (almost) mid-career Registrar

by AACRAO  ·  January 22, 2018

“Field Notes” is an occasional Connect column covering practical and philosophical issues facing admissions and registrar professionals. The columns are authored by various AACRAO members. If you have an idea for a column and would like to contribute, please send an email to the editor at connect@aacrao.org.

Special Invitation to Upcoming Event on Digital Credentials

by AACRAO  ·  January 19, 2018

​​AACRAO Managing Consultant Michele Sandlin will be speaking at IMS Global Learning Consortium’s annual Summit on Digital Credentials, at Arizona State University in Scottsdale, Arizona, February 27 – 28, 2018.

Snow, EdTalks, and innovation make PACRAO 2017 sparkle

by AACRAO  ·  January 05, 2018

The members of Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars (PACRAO) gathered on November 5-8 in Spokane, Washington, for their Annual Meeting. The meeting themed “Shining a Light on Innovation” was PACRAO’s 91st annual meeting. Our meeting is always a highlight of the year for the PACRAO membership.

Making SEM personal

by AACRAO  ·  January 02, 2018

It was the summer of 1978, and I was preparing to teach my first semester. I was just hired as a full-time psychology faculty member at Jordan College, a small Wesleyan Methodist, private college in Cedar Springs, Michigan. The main campus at that time included earth-brimmed buildings operating off of wind power, solar energy.

Field Notes: Bursting their bubble: How to have difficult conversations with your staff

by AACRAO  ·  December 22, 2017

​”Field Notes” is an occasional Connect column covering practical and philosophical issues facing admissions and registrar professionals. The columns are authored by various AACRAO members. If you have an idea for a column and would like to contribute, please send an email to the editor at connect@aacrao.org.

How a Student Affairs-Enrollment Services partnership leads to whole student success

by AACRAO  ·  December 18, 2017

Post-secondary institutions who are highly engaged in Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) planning understand the value of participation by both Student Affairs (i.e., Student Life, Residence, Advising, Career Centre, Counselling, Athletics, Judicial Affairs, and Accessibility Services) and Enrollment Services (i.e., Recruitment, Admissions, Financial Aid, Scheduling, Timetabling, Registration, Records and Graduation).

Why and how to understand your institutional culture

by AACRAO  ·  December 15, 2017

​In a SEM Conference session titled “Working Smarter, Not Harder,” Medicine Hat College representatives shared one foundational element of SEM planning: understanding institutional culture. Upon taking her position at Associate Vice President of Student Development, Irlanda Price was tasked with creating a SEM plan – but realized she first needed to evaluate the history of the institution.

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