Academic journal article College and University

AACRAO Research: A Year in Review 2016

Academic journal article College and University

AACRAO Research: A Year in Review 2016

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2016 was again a productive year for AACRAO Research thanks to the active and ongoing participation of our membership. We completed eleven research projects this year, including eight 60-Second surveys and three comprehensive projects. The intent of the 60-Second surveys remains the same since its inception. They are intended to capture benchmarking practice snapshots of interest to our members and sometimes our sister organizations as well as occasionally measure members' interest in proposed AACRAO professional development opportunities or support of AACRAO's publications. Beginning May 2016, the frequency with which we deploy 60-Second surveys was reduced to every two months. The comprehensive projects seek to provide career profile information for key enrollment related positions as well as to provide an opportunity to take a deeper dive into topics. The topics are most often drawn from member inquiries or hot topics in higher education news (e.g., "early" FAFSA). Below is the complete list of 2016 projects in chronological order.

* FERPA Training Practices-January 60-Second Survey

* Curriculum Management Practices-February 60-Second Survey

* Class Start Times and Lengths-March 60-Second Survey

* The Impact of Electronic Content Management (ECM) System Ownership on Student Records Management Practice-March 60-Second Survey

* New Student Registration and Orientation Practice-April 60-Second Survey

* Competency Based Education-May 60-Second Survey

* 2017-2018 FAFSA: Impact on Practice-July 60-Second Survey (U.S. only)

* Class Scheduling (aka Timetabling) Practices and Technology-September 60-Second Survey

* Dual Enrollment in the Context of Strategic Enrollment Management-November (U.S. only)

* Miscellany (practices)-November 60-Second Survey

* U.S. Chief Admissions Officer Career Profile Report-December (U.S. only)

These initiatives were designed to help meet our research goals:

* Contribute to a better understanding of the factors and conditions that impact higher education academic/enrollment services and ultimately student success

* Use the Research Advisory Board to engage the membership in determining the focus of the research.

* Develop new insights and information for our members to help them successfully lead their institutions in a continually evolving environment

* Maintain current partnerships and develop new partnerships with other organizations and associations who share common interests with AACRAO.

* Disseminating relevant, up-to-date research on student success to practitioners and institutional decision makers.

Our members continue to be highly engaged in our research efforts. On average, 745 institutions responded to our surveys last year. When we remove the U.S.-only surveys from the average, it increases to 846. These averages represent a one-response-per-institution or per practice. That is, some comprehensive institutions report both undergraduate and graduate practices when they differ, and as such, those institutions are counted twice in the average. In addition, we retained more than one response per institution when it was known that the respondents represented different academic departments within the institution with different practices. We also, more often than not, captured a representative1 sample of degree granting U.s. post-secondary institutions based on 2014-2015 NCES data (n=4,627)2.

As was noted in the 2015 research review, we regularly received more than one response per institution for the 60-Second surveys, and those responses almost never match. Although this is an imperfect methodology, when this occurred we chose the response that was the most complete and/or represented the response from the position most likely to be responsible for the topic in the survey. This determination was made based on the position title.

Included here is a summary of the key findings for the year for each project. …

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