Chief Enrollment Officers' Forum: Schedule and Sessions

Wednesday, September 21

*Schedule Subject to Change*

Welcome and Introductions
8:30 am - 8:45 am                            

Opening Session: Hot Topics & Urgent Issues
8:45 am - 9:45 am                                            

We will kick-off this forum with a review of the past year and background on the Forum sessions and a need to know/key information to ready your campus for the upcoming FAFSA changes intended to help address ongoing student affordability concerns.

Figuring out the Cans
9:45 am - 11:00 am          


11:00 am - 11:15m                           


Creating Or Seizing Opportunities During Transitions    
11:15 am - 12:30 pm       

Many campuses are creating or changing their CEMO roles. With new changes and opportunities, it is hard to know what one should consider and what resources one can (and should) request in anticipation of or during transitions. What key information or questions should one ask of themselves and their institution when making a significant career change to, or in the CEMO role? This session features colleagues who recently transitioned into a CEMO role or moved to new campus communities. Attendees should expect to learn what proved most important when transitioning successfully; what panelists wish they would have known before making the transition; and how to make a successful shift from director to AVP/VP. 


Lunch Break
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm                         


SCOTUS and the Work Beyond: Race and Admissions
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Learn from experienced CEMOs on how to navigate the challenges of not using race in admissions- and have a real discussion on what can be done


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Enrollment
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm           

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core to the work of enrollment managers. Increasingly, EMOs oversee and interface with critical campus offices, units, and priorities that must align, understand the needs of our students, and effectively serve our changing student populations. More first-generation students and more low-income students? Increasing students of color? More transfer students? On our campuses, we are seeing more diversity officer positions across our colleges, schools, and departments and EMOs need to partner effectively in support of our campus recruitment, enrollment, and success efforts. Learn from experienced higher education leaders who have fostered the conditions for strong collaborations across their campuses to achieve positive outcomes for greater diversity and inclusion in recruitment, enrollment, and student success.


Day 1 Recap
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm  

Participants will meet together in small groups to discuss and share their experiences as CEMOs and reflect on the lessons learned for the day.


CHIEF Happy Hour
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm            


Thursday, September 22

7:00 am - 7:30 am


USC CERPP Presentation
7:30 am - 8:30 am

USC CERPP and research colleagues at the University of Michigan are engaged in a Gates-funded study of post-secondary enrollment trends as a result of COVID-19. 


What our Presidents and other Campus Leaders Need from the CEMO
8:30 am - 9:30 am

As CEMO, your job requires constant education of your campus and requires a strong and positive working relationship with key leaders across campus, your Provost, President, and often the Board. Other stakeholders affect your work and outcomes—making campus relationships partnerships key to success in your role. In this session, learn key practices and strategies used by experienced CEMOs to support campus outcomes so that your impact and your desired messages are well-received, understood, and remembered.


Closing Session
9:30 am - 10:00 am

During the closing session, participants will meet with their small groups to share takeaways and lessons learned. The session will end with a lightning round expert Q & A panel.