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CAPACRAO Executive Board Member Selected as AACRAO State & Regional Vice Chair

Member Spotlight

Johnika Dreher, CAPACRAO Past President (2022-2023) was selected as State & Regional Relations Vice Chair. She will transition to Chair during the 2024 Annual AACRAO Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

AACRAO and the state and regional associations (ACRAOs), such as CAPACRAO, share the same basic goals of enhancing not only the profession but also the professional development of the individual members. One of the fundamental strengths of our profession is the vitality of strong, active state and regional associations. These associations provide members with many professional development activities and opportunities and generally are instrumental in forging the informal networks that exist throughout the country.

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The Future of Enrollment Management: Leveraging Your Role

RSVP to join AACRAO State and Regional leaders to explore the Future of Enrollment Management and 5 Ways to Leverage Your Role on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 3 PM. 

Explore ways to get involved in CAPACRAO and AACRAO.

CAPACRAO Executive Board Member Selected for Inaugural Leadership Institute

Congratulations Otu Obot, II for your acceptance into the inaugural 2023-2024 Maryland Chief Student Affairs Officers Leadership Institute. The Maryland Chief Student Affairs Officers Leadership Institute is a year-long program designed to build the leadership capabilities of student affairs professionals and is supported and approved by the Maryland Association of Community Colleges Presidents’ Council. Monthly participants will attend full-day sessions rotating at different community colleges around the State of Maryland to discuss a range of topics that practitioners will encounter in everyday practice. Monthly sessions will be facilitated by a Chief Student Affairs Officer.

CAPACRAO desires to celebrate with you.
Email [email protected] with details on individual and institutional accomplishments to be featured.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2022-2023 CAPACRAO Awards - Nominate yourself or a colleague TODAY.

Balance & Boundaries Webinar - February 23, 2023

Everything Is a Priority Today

Click Here to Register.

February is American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, Heart Disease is America's number one health crisis. 

The heart is the muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. The heart represents the center of love and security. Louise Hay, a self-help author of You Can Heal Your Life, outlined the facets of illnesses in relationship to how individuals live and process their lived experiences. Hay surmises that someone who experiences a heart attack has a lived experiences where there is a "squeezing of joy out of the heart in favor of money or position." Hay continues by saying the individuals may say statements to themselves like:

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2023-2024 Executive Board Nominations

L FOR NOMINATIONS - 2023 Executive Board

Nominate yourself or another colleague. 

CAPACRAO is a registered 501C3 non-profit. As an affiliate of AACRAO, Executive Board leaders volunteer an average of 5 hours a month to facilitate strategy, engagement and development for our membership. Serving as a member of the CAPACRAO Executive Board aids in enhancing business and virtual team working skills, provides an opportunity to get involved in local, regional and national strategic enrollment management initiatives, and is a great opportunity to sustain and push the association to the next level. 

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AACRAO January 2023 Legislation & Regulation

Legislation & Regulation Updates

Each Thursday, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) shares the AACRAO Transcript - an exclusive member benefit to keep members aware of important governance news. Access your AACRAO account to ensure you maximizing your member benefits and you are receiving important emails and updates. 

January 5, 2023

January 12, 2023

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We all want to be H.E.A.R.D.: Personal Reflections

I recently dialogued with a few colleagues about the Chronicle of Higher Education Op-Ed piece, Higher
 Ed Is a Land of Dead-End Jobs. So, episode 2 was a timely conversation unpeeling the ill-discussed realities of working in higher education - the undefined ladder to leadership, the role of mentorship, and the impacts of race, gender, and a lack of representation. It was refreshing to hear the divergent paths of three unique leaders, although each sit within the S.E.M. area of Records and Academic Services. Although I loved A Different World, I never imagined I could, or would, work in higher education. Listening to the conversation led me reflectively down my career path and various personal experiences that span two decades. 

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Have you H.E.A.R.D.?

Have You H.E.A.R.D.?

Joining the professional development offerings alongside Admit It and For the Record, AACRAO has launched its newest podcast - H.E.A.R.D. H.E.A.R.D. stands for Higher Education and Real Diversity. The conversations are led by three AACRAO members and colleagues within Enrollment Management as they discuss the intersection of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (D.E.I.), Higher Education, and the personal impact of these topics within the current landscape.

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Professional Development Opportunities with AACRAO and CAPACRAO

Identifying Caucus Excellence Initiative

Are you looking to launch your professional development. Share your professional gifts with AACRAO. The AACRAO Caucuses are always looking for new ways to find those members and highlight them and their work. We want to broaden and increase the number of contributors and content for all of the AACRAO platforms. At the same time, we want to diversify the voices and the expertise shared. 

Learn more - click here.

Not an AACRAO roster member? CAPACRAO, the State Association of AACRAO, offers similar opportunities. Learn more - click here.

Join CAPACRAO on LinkedIn

After reviewing our business strategy, the CAPACRAO Executive Board has decided to not update our Facebook group (but leave it as an archive). We encourage all colleagues to follow and engage with us via the social media platform - LinkedIn.

Help us spread the word. Consider sharing our group with institutional colleagues and other Maryland and Washington, D.C. enrollment-based colleagues. We are curating ways to engage members more through this platform, to include learning and development about how to leverage the platform, as well as events, polls, and updates. We look forward to you joining us. 

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ELP Certification for Admissions Professionals

ELP Certification for Admissions Professionals

Admissions at American institutions are consistently evolving. To equip you or your Admissions colleagues with knowledge and a credential, a great way to utilize professional development funds would be to encourage and support their participation in NACAC's College Admission for Emerging Leaders certification program. 

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Season's Greetings 2022

On behalf of the CAPACRAO Executive Board, we say thank each and every one of our member institutions and corporate sponsors for your continual support. Before we wish you well and say cheers to the New Year, we wanted to share that rest and relaxation are important. As inspiration, check out this brief article with 25 ways to infuse rest and relaxation into your winter break to inspire you.

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December 2022 Professional Development Calendar

Professional Development Calendar

Securing Talent for Tomorrow: Can Higher Ed Still Attract the Best and Brightest? | December 5, 2022 | 4 PM
Higher Ed’s Digital Future: Research Universities | December 6, 2022 | 2 PM
How Do I Hold Space When I’m Feeling It All, Too? | December 6, 2022 | 4 PM
2022 AACRAO Womens Leadership Institute | December 6-9, 2022 | Palm Springs, CA
Modernizing Enrollment Management | December 7, 2022 | 2 PM
Managing Higher Ed’s Modern Work Force | December 8, 2022 | 2 PM
Developing and Implementing Programs for First-generation College Students | December 8, 2022 | 3 PM
AACRAO Caucus Gathering | December 13, 2022 | 3 PM
Meeting the Needs of Today’s Learners | December 14, 2022 | 2 PM
*CAPACRAO Webinar* Leading Through the Lens of Global Competency | December 15, 2022 | 2 PM
2023 Maryland Student Affairs Conference | February 10, 2023 | College Park, MD
2023 AACRAO Annual Meeting
 | March 26-29, 2023 | Aurora, CO
2023 American Council on Education Conference | April 13-15, 2023 | Washington, DC
2023 RNL National Conference | July 25 - 27, 2023 | Nashville, TN
2023 NACAC Conference | September 21-23, 2023 | Baltimore, MD

Check back often. New events are added frequently.
View the calendar here for direct links to register and see additional opportunities!

Are we missing an event? Sharing is caring. Email [email protected]

November 2022 Professional Development Calendar

Professional Development Calendar

Online Student Recruitment: Meeting Your Goals by Meeting Student Expectations | November 2, 2022 | 2 PM
Admissions and Enrollment: Building a Career from a Job | November 2, 2022 | 3 PM
The Future of Academic Record Practices: A CLR/LER Community of Practice Event 
| November 3, 2022 | 1 PM
AACRAO Caucus Gathering 
| November 8, 2022 | 2 PM
Undergraduate Class Scheduling Practice, Policy, Data Use, and Technology | November 9, 2022 | 1 PM
High School Student Perceptions of College Financing | November 10, 2022 | 12 PM
How your Campus can Make a Difference for Refugees and Displaced Persons | November 15, 2022 | 2 PM
Maximizing Lead Generation Through Integrated Marketing | November 16, 2022 | 2 PM
AACRAO’s Women’s and LGBTQIA+ Caucuses: 50th Anniversary of Title IX | November 16, 2022 | 2 PM
Maximizing Retention at HBCUs: Insights and Inspiration
 | November 29, 2022 | 2 PM
Recognition of Skills Paves Paths to Employment | November 30, 2022 | 2 PM
2022 AACRAO SEM Conference | November 12-16, 2022 | Toronto, Ontario
Womens Leadership Institute | December 6-9, 2022 | Palm Springs, CA
2023 AACRAO Annual Meeting | March 26-29, 2023 | Aurora, CO

Check back often. New events are added frequently.
View the calendar here for direct links to register and see additional opportunities!

Are we missing an event? Sharing is caring. Email [email protected]

AACRAO Elections & Your AACRAO Roster

Rock Your AACRAO Vote 

Calling all eligible AACRAO Roster members, please take a look at the 2022-2023 AACRAO Slate and cast your vote. We have two CAPACRAO members running for positions - Cassandra Moore and Dr. Kimberly McNair. 

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Legislative Update - November 2022

Book Review - What You Need to Know About Voting and Why 

"If the structure of our government is to survive for your children and grandchildren. We must see to it. The way to do it is by voting. Voting. And voting." - Kim Wehle

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Legislative Update - October 2022

Governance & Higher Education 

In a Washington Post op-ed, the title read Higher Education Is About to Get Even More Political. The headline begs those at the front of the proverbial Ivory Tower to invest in regularly staying abreast of and understanding the legislative landscape. Being conscious of the legislative landscape directly impacts the Strategic Enrollment Management roles of higher education from the Office Associate to the Vice President. Lens, perspective, and positionality awareness matter because our students, many of us, have been and are students, and the impact on higher education as an industry will ripple for years. 

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The W's Driving The Future of Work in Higher Education

Employees quitting
(Photo reposted from Higher Ed Jobs Blog)

The W's Driving the Future of Work in Higher Education

We are in the midst of a work values evolution in 2022. We were always going to get here. But the events of 2020 have propelled many contentions around the future of work forward faster. There are now four to five generations in the workplace, depending on the industry. This work-life tilt has created a clash between the industrial revolution's legacy and employees' desire for more flexibility. 

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October Professional Development Calendar

Professional Development Calendar

October is National Careers in Student Affairs Month. Check out additional events hosted by NASPA and ACPA

Predictive Effects of College-Level Work Completed in High School on Baccalaureate Degree Outcomes | October 4, 2022 | 2 PM
Comprehensive Learner Record – What is it and how does it fit into SEM?
| October 5, 2022 | 2 PM
Streamlining Curriculum Processes: Practices for Success
| October 6, 2022 | 2 PM
AACRAO Caucus Gathering
| October 11, 2022 | 3 PM
Using the Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) as part of your SEM Toolkit
| October 18, 2022 | 2 PM
Trifecta Overview on Leveraging Staff and Resource Shortages for Maximum Gains | October 19, 2022 | 1 PM
*CAPACRAO* Unpacking Barriers Black Men Face in College After High School | October 20, 2022 | 3 PM
Transfer & Articulation Community of Practice Forum
| October 28, 2022 | 3 PM
2022 AACRAO SEM Conference | November 12-16, 2022 | Toronto, Ontario
2023 AACRAO Annual Meeting | March 26-29 | Aurora, CO

Check back often. New events are added frequently.
View the calendar here for direct links to register and see additional opportunities!

Are we missing an event? Sharing is caring. Email [email protected]

AACRAO 2022 Leadership Meeting Re-Cap

Photo: Jamie Kriger & Johnika Dreher 

AACRAO 2022 Leadership Meeting Re-Cap

"If you are tapped on the shoulder, answer the call." - Philip Hunt

The stars aligned and it was a beautiful weekend in the Nation's Capitol for AACRAO's 2022 Leadership Meeting. I had the opportunity to connect with about 100 AACRAO leaders across the globe. AACRAO's Leadership Meeting is an annual invite-only meeting with the AACRAO Board, AACRAO Planning and Activities Committee members, and AACRAO State and Regional Leaders. This three-day leadership meeting provides opportunities for members to receive updates about the parent association, engaging members and keeping our state and regional associations in tip-top shape!

Are you interested in attending AACRAO's Annual Leadership Meeting? Serving as a CAPACRAO Board Member gets you access! There is still time to join our Executive Board for the 2022-2023 year. Our Annual Board Retreat is in August. We have two vacancies we would love for you to join us - learn more here. Email [email protected] with your interest.

There were tons of learning, networking, laughs, and of course action items. CAPACRAO was well represented by Carol Harrison, Cassandra Moore, and myself. It was so good to see former CAPACRAO President Jamie Holmes-Kriger. My favorite activities were the Keynote Speaker, the State & Regional Leadership Day, and networking with AACRAO leaders. If you are looking for a dynamic presenter for your next meeting, training, or workshop - consider Deedra Daniel. She was phenomenal.

Here are some essential components that benefit our general membership:

1.  Roster Access. While no formal information is available to share right now, your calls for access to AACRAO benefits as a non-roster member have been heard. Expect more information about the change in the roster structure to be shared at the 2023 AACRAO Annual Conference.

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