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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

How AACRAO’s supporting CCA’s Purpose First initiative

College access is critical, but what happens once students get on campus? Complete College America (CCA) has begun to shine a light on the complementary importance of student success, retention and completion through their work on “Game Changers” such as Guided Pathways to Success (GPS). With the support of a grant from Strada Education Network, CCA has established the Purpose First: Informed Choice of Major project, as a component of GPS, to help institutions explore how students can be assisted in making informed, meaningful choices about their area of study. Continue reading

Contribute to your institution’s data-driven strategies with this FREE workshop

IPEDS Data as the Public Face of an Institution. Ensure that your institution’s data is correct. This workshop stresses the importance of accuracy and consistency in data reported to IPEDS. Examples of real IPEDS data used in the public domain are incorporated, enabling participants to understand the role of governmental and non-governmental entities in IPEDS reporting. Continue reading

How to comply with NSLDS enrollment reporting requirements

In late March, AACRAO and representatives from other organizations met with Federal Student Aid staff at the Education Department to discuss the nearly 1,000 institutions who are out of compliance in their NSLDS enrollment reporting. Specifically, these schools are failing to reach the 90 percent mark in terms of the percentage of students on their NSLDS SSCR rosters with valid program codes.
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Maintaining student records

One of the primary responsibilities of the “records officer” is to properly maintain student records.  While that may sound a bit trite, there is actually much more to consider than just transcript data.  First of all, for most of us, there is the question: When do the records move from admissions to the registrar’s office? While there are a multitude of ways to accomplish this, it’s important to identify who is responsible for the data being complete and for correcting any errors. Continue reading

Using WICHE data to inform your strategic enrollment plan

by Janet Ward, AACRAO Consultant

Campus enrollment leaders are tasked with developing strategic enrollment management (SEM) plans to achieve specific enrollment goals tied to student body size, academic quality, mix (programmatic, race/ethnicity, gender, etc.), net tuition revenue, and outcomes (retention and graduation rates). Continue reading

Innovation Hub: AACRAO portal helps members navigate emerging technologies

AACRAO’s newly-launched Innovation Hub is a portal to new technologies that may impact how serve and support our students and faculty in higher education . Via this platform, members can investigate and track the latest tech tools to evaluate whether these platforms and services are appropriate for their campus. Continue reading

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