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Howard Shanken

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Howard Shanken has been in education for more than 30 years as an administrator and faculty member. In July 2010, he retired from Grand Rapids Community College where he served as registrar, providing oversight of numerous student record processes and academic policies for more than 30,000 students. Mr. Shanken’s experience includes providing engaging presentations for faculty and staff professional development with a specialization in FERPA training.

As well, he has participated in college policy development and has helped to guide compliance initiatives for external audits and accreditation reviews. Additionally, he has helped to create effective and efficient business solutions using his professional expertise and the proven ability to lead college-wide technology implementations through collaboration and consensus building.

Howard has also served as the Past President of Michigan-AACRAO, has been a member of the National Student Clearinghouse Advisory Committee, and participated with the PeopleSoft Student Records Product Advisory Group. In 2008, he was presented with the AACRAO Ockerman Award for the development of the “Michigan Transfer Network” database. AACRAO Consulting clients will benefit greatly from his ability to unite disparate departments, process and technologies to achieve their institutional goals.

Mr. Shanken has reviewed policies and processes at dozens of institutions including universities and community colleges (both public and private) ranging from centralized to decentralized campus administration. He has extensive experience along with the ability to quickly build trust, engage others, expedite analysis of operations and offer viable solutions.