Middle States Association of Collegiate Registrars and Officers of Admission

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2017 Conference Feedback

Thanks to all who attended our 87th Annual Meeting. We hope to see you again next year in 2018 in Hershey, PA! Stay tuned for membership information.

Read overview below or download a pdf of the Conference Program with session descriptions.

Monday, November 27th


8:30 - 11:00, Executive Committee Meeting


11:30 - 12:30, First-Timer Luncheon


12:30 - 1:00 Conference Kickoff


Day 1, Session Block 1

  • 1.1.1, 1:30 - 3:30, Registrar Fundamentals (2-Hour Workshop)
  • 1.1.2, 1:30 - 3:30, Active Shooter (2-Hour Workshop)
  • 1.1.3, 1:30 - 2:30, Supporting Student Veterans
  • 1.1.4, 1:30 - 2:30, Balancing Efficiency, Compassion & Objectivity: Excused Withdrawal at Temple University
  • 1.1.5, 1:30 - 2:30, Utilizing Course Scheduling Dashboards to Improve Retention, Time-to-Completion, and Graduation Rates while Saving Money
  • 1.1.6, 1:30 - 2:30, Beyond Imaging: The Next Generation of Paperless
  • 1.1.7, 1:30 - 2:30, Stack the Odds in Your Favor for Transfer Recruiting – Exhibitor Session
  • 1.1.8, 1:30 - 2:30, Optimizing Student Progression: Why Personalization is Key for Completion

Day 1, Session Block 2

  • 1.2.1, 2:45 - 3:45, Collaborative Solutions to Records Management Challenges
  • 1.2.2, 2:45 - 3:45, The Other Side: Innovative Lifestyles after Retirement and How to Prepare For The 'Wonder Years'
  • CANCELED as of 11.20.17 - 1.2.3, 2:45 - 3:45, Graduation and Degree Audit Working Together
  • CANCELED as of 11.20.17 - 1.2.4, 2:45 - 3:45, Enhance Student Scheduling: Why Finding the Perfect Schedule is a Necessity, Not A Luxury
  • 1.2.5 Implementation of a Contact Center - A Review of Strategy, Planning, and Lessons Learned
  • 1.2.7 Prospect, Applicant, Test Score and Transcript Data Automation- Exhibitor Session
  • 1.2.8 – Six Questions You Should Ask Before You Invest in a Predictive Analytics Solution- Exhibitor Session

3:45 - 4:15 REFRESHMENT BREAK


Day 1, Session Block 3

  • 1.3.1, 4:15 - 5:15, Banner by Ellucian Crackerbarrel
  • 1.3.2, 4:15 - 5:15, Colleague Crackerbarrel
  • 1.3.3, 4:15 - 5:15, Oracle Crackerbarrel
  • 1.3.4, 4:15 - 5:15, Jenzabar Crackerbarrel
  • 1.3.5, 4:15 - 5:15, EM Fellowship Program - Breaking Down the Silo's in Enrollment Management
  • 1.3.6, 4:15 - 5:15, Certified Electronic Diplomas, Paper Diplomas, ediplomas: What are the differences and why is digital signing a document simply not enough?

5:30 - 6:30, President's Reception


Tuesday, November 28th


8:00 - 8:45, Breakfast


Day 2, Plenary Session Block 1

  • 2.1.1, 9:00 - 10:15, Effective Leadership in Challenging Times

10:15 - 10:45 REFRESHMENT BREAK


Day 2, Session Block 2

  • 2.2.1, 10:45 - 11:45, Millennial vs. Veteran Employees in Admissions
  • 2.2.2, 10:45 - 11:45, The Benefits and Challenges of Year-long Registration
  • 2.2.3, 10:45 - 11:45, FERPA Basics and Dispelling Common FERPA Myths
  • 2.2.4, 10:45 - 11:45, Financial Aid Primer for Admissions Officers
  • 2.2.5, 10:45 - 11:45, Two Offices, One Goal
  • 2.2.6, 10:45 - 11:45, Breaking Through: Women Leaders on the Rise in Higher Education

Day 2, Session Block 3

  • 2.3.1, 12:45 - 3:45, Effective Leadership in Challenging Times (3-Hour Workshop)

Day 2, Session Block 4

  • 2.4.1, 1:15 - 2:15, AACRAO Update
  • 2.4.2, 1:15 - 2:15, Meet Your Locals - DVACROA
  • 2.4.3, 1:15 - 2:15, Meet Your Locals - CAPACRAO
  • 2.4.4, 1:15 - 2:15, Meet Your Locals - NJ/NY
  • 2.4.5, 1:15 - 2:15, Turn that Frown Upside Down – Working Collaboratively to Say YES!
  • 2.4.6, 1:15 - 2:15, Enhancing the Campus Visit
  • 2.4.7, 1:15 - 2:15, MSACROA – How to get involved

Day 2, Session Block 5

  • 2.5.1, 2:30 - 3:30, Washington Update
  • 2.5.2, 2:30 - 3:30, Registrar's Round Robin, Part I
  • 2.5.3, 2:30 - 3:30, Inter-Departmental Collaboration for Maximum Recruiting - How's It Going?
  • 2.5.4, 2:30 - 3:30, Public Speaking for The Student Services Professional
  • 2.5.5, 2:30 - 3:30, Small College Registrar's- how many hats do you wear??
  • 2.5.6, 2:30 - 3:30, Building Your Professional Presence Online
  • 2.5.7, 2:30 - 3:30, Collaboration At Its Finest
  • 2.5.8, 2:30 - 3:30, TBD

3:30 - 4:00 REFRESHMENT BREAK


Day 2, Session Block 6

  • 2.6.1, 4:00 - 5:00, Scheduling 102
  • 2.6.2, 4:00 - 5:00, Pairing the Energy of a Rookie and the Experience of a Veteran to Progress Professionally
  • 2.6.3, 4:00 - 5:00, Building and Implementing an Enrollment Management Plan
  • 2.6.4, 4:00 - 5:00, Navigating the Sea of Policy Change
  • 2.6.5, 4:00 - 5:00, 'Wet behind the ears': Your first years as Registrar
  • 2.6.6, 4:00 - 5:00, Sorry, Not Sorry

7:00 - 10:00, Special Event


Wednesday, November 29th


8:00 - 8:45, Breakfast


Day 3, Session Block 1

  • 3.1.1, 9:00 - 10:00, Registrar's Round Robin, Part II
  • 3.1.2, 9:00 - 10:00, FERPA Case Study Review
  • 3.1.3, 9:00 - 10:00, Building a Blueprint for Student Success
  • 3.1.4, 9:00 - 10:00, What's in a Room? Implementing a New Ad Hoc Room Reservation Process
  • 3.1.5, 9:00 - 10:00, Collaboration and Cooperation in Serving Transfer Students
  • 3.1.6, 9:00 - 10:00, Helpful hints in preparation of a new student information system
  • 3.1.7, 9:00 - 10:00, Evolving Admissions & Enrollment Services into a Virtual One-Stop Center

10:00 - 10:15 REFRESHMENT BREAK


Day 3, Session Block 2

  • 3.2.1, 10:15 - 11:15, Plenary TBD

11:30 - 1:00, Business Meeting Luncheon


Day 3, Session Block 3

  • 3.3.1, 1:15 - 2:15, Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations
  • CANCELED as of 11.26.17 3.3.2, 1:15 - 2:15, Developing an Assessment Plan for the Registrar's Office: A How-To Guide
  • 3.3.3, 1:15 - 2:15, Building and Implementing an Enrollment Management Plan
  • 3.3.4, 1:15 - 2:15, Say My Name! Say My Name?
  • 3.3.5, 1:15 - 2:15, Talking Transfer: The Doctor is In
  • 3.3.6, 1:15 - 2:15, Breaking Bad Habits: How We Began "The Change"

Day 3, Session Block 4

  • 3.4.1, 2:30 - 3:30, Notation of Disciplinary Actions
  • 3.4.2, 2:30 - 3:30, Considerations & Best Practices in Electronic Transcript Exchange: EDI, XML, and PDF
  • 3.4.3, 2:30 - 3:30, The New MSCHE Standards and Process: What Admissions Officers and Registrars Need to Know.
  • 3.4.4, 2:30 - 3:30, TBD

Day 3, Session Block 5

  • 3.5.1, 3:45 - 4:45, Implementing Catalog and Curriculum Software at a Decentralized Institution, What We Know
  • 3.5.2, 3:45 - 4:45, We survived an ERP implementation and you can, too
  • 3.5.3, 3:45 - 4:45, Defining Morals for Effective Educational Leadership

5:00 - 6:00, Closing Reception