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SEM-EP grad’s home institution benefits from her research and credential

by AACRAO  ·  March 09, 2018

​Stepping into her role as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at Buffalo State in 2014, Erin Alonzo wanted to deepen her understanding of SEM. First, she signed up for the 2015 AACRAO SEM Conference, as well as preconference workshops.

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.

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.

Community college SEM roundtable pools shared wisdom

by AACRAO  ·  November 06, 2017

​At the AACRAO SEM meeting on Monday, Tara Sprehe*, of Clackamas Community College in Portland, Oregon, facilitated a discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing SEM professionals in community colleges.

SEM Research: Make better decisions with data

by AACRAO  ·  October 13, 2017

Randall Langston, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Texas Woman’s University (TWU), is a big believer in the effectiveness of well-utilized data.​

“Our success at Brockport-SUNY [Langston’s previous institution] helped us increase enrollment,” he said. “We ended up with record enrollment, a record number of first-time students, and record number of transfer students – all achieved in an environment where students were leaving the state.”

There’s still time to register for a conference workshop!

by AACRAO  ·  October 09, 2017

​Pre-Conference Workshops SEM Institute​ (Additional Fee) – Sunday, October 29 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Writing a SEM Plan​ (No Fee) – Sunday, October 29 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Afternoon Half-Day Workshops​ (Additional Fee) – Sunday, October 29 – 2:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Do you know what data you need to reach your enrollment goals?

by AACRAO  ·  September 11, 2017

What is your enrollment goal? That number is one you likely have at your fingertips. But if that’s as deep as your data goes, you’re missing key decision-making information.

“Many institutions focus on the big macro number, like ‘we need 2,000 new students,’” observed Janet Ward, senior consultant with AACRAO Consulting.

Foster A Culture of Innovation

by AACRAO  ·  September 08, 2017

Invest in your team’s potential

Strategic enrollment management professionals understand that targeted enrollment goals and student support initiatives require teamwork across all levels of an institution. At AACRAO’s Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Conference, we invite you to participate in the Team Experience and bring key SEM concepts back to share on your campus

Inside Higher Ed: How a Regional Public University Reversed Enrollment Decline (and It’s Not Free Tuition)

by AACRAO  ·  August 28, 2017

In an article published in Inside Higher Ed, SUNY Fredonia speaks about the difficulty it previously had with enrollment and how this year’s enrollment of the freshman class has increased by 25 percent. Among the factors that SUNY Fredonia attributes to this increase is the role that AACRAO Consulting played through our Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) planning services.

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