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Like You, We’ve Been Busy

AACRAO Consultants have been hard at work, partnering with universities and colleges across the U.S. and Canada to achieve best practice improvements and drive institutional performance. You’ll find us on campuses and in key professional meetings across North America and abroad. Here’s one way we make it easy to keep up with the latest developments at AACRAO Consulting.

SEM Core Concepts: Building Blocks for Institutional and Student Success

Strategic enrollment management (SEM) has evolved over the 40 years since its inception to become a powerful system for enabling colleges and universities to take better control of their enrollment. The many challenges that higher education leaders face makes it imperative that they have working knowledge of how SEM can help to turn the tide for their institution.  Continue reading

Stronger together: Wisconsin organizations create joint registrar-financial aid conference

by Clayton Smith, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Windsor

Have you ever wondered if you could create a joint conference including both registrarial and financial aid professionals from two separate professional associations? Continue reading

Focused academic partnerships role in SEM

by Brent A. Gage, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of Iowa, and Senior Consultant for AACRAO Consulting

The development of a Strategic Enrollment Management Plan can bring great clarity to institutional goals, priorities and mission-centered initiatives that are crucial to moving the institution in a strategic direction. Continue reading

Effective leadership: Observations from a senior professional

by Betty J. Huff, AACRAO Consultant

I attempted to accomplish effective leadership throughout my forty years as a higher education professional.  Leadership styles, both as defined in the research literature and as measured in practice, was the subject of my graduate research.  Leadership effectiveness was a magnet for me when it appeared in the title of books and articles.  Both were always “go to” topics for sessions at conferences.  Effective leadership was always one of my personal goals. Continue reading

Planning and assessment: Keys to a successful SEM plan

by Alicia Moore, AACRAO Consultant and Dean of Student and Enrollment Services for Central Oregon Community College

Whether one includes admissions, recruitment, records, financial aid or other areas as part of the enrollment services umbrella, having effective operations is a critical component to successful strategic enrollment management (SEM) work (Bontrager and Green, 2015; Bontrager and Moore, 2009).  Continue reading