CAC and Registrars' Practices joint meeting postponed to Mar. 27

Friday's MACRAO College Articulation Committee and Registrars' Practices Committee joint meeting has been postponed. Coronavirus cases are continuing to increase nationwide, most if not all institutions of higher education in Michigan are switching to online classes, some are instituting non-essential travel bans and for everyone's personal comfort and peace of mind, so we have decided to cancel this Friday's meeting and reschedule it for Friday, March 27 at the same time and location.

College Fairs: Precautions due to coronavirus

The College Day/Night Committee of MACRAO, along with the Board of Directors, have been monitoring the situation with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state of Michigan. With numerous college fairs coming in the coming weeks, we recommend admissions professionals who are scheduled to attend these fairs take the following precautions:
  • Check with the host institution to make sure they are still going to hold their event. It is up to the host to determine the status of their event, not MACRAO. It’s a good practice to double-check arrangements under the best of conditions, so this is general advice as well.
  • If your institution has restricted travel due to coronavirus concerns and a college fair you were planning to attend is still taking place, let the hosts know you won’t be able to attend as a courtesy. (Again, good general etiquette.)
  • Follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Department of Health, your local health department, and your institution, including washing hands regularly, avoiding touching your face, and practicing “social distancing.” Details are available at
Lake Orion High School’s fair has already been cancelled. You can check the College Day/Night Fair calendar on for other updates as we receive them.

The safety of MACRAO members and the students we serve is our primary concern. Please take care of yourselves!

If these recommendations need to be updated as conditions change, we will re-post to the MACRAO listserv and at

Dena Russell, Chair, MACRAO College Day/Night Committee
Colleen Kibin, President, MACRAO

New Professionals Workshop - August 28

The MACRAO New Professionals Workshop will return this summer! The Secondary School Relations Committee will be hosting this year's event at Lawrence Tech on Friday, August 28. (If you're coming from a distance, we'll have details on hotel accommodations for Thursday at a discount, and a small social gathering may also be possible that evening - more to come on that!)

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday with a light breakfast and coffee. We will have a guest speaker, and planned sessions include introductions to:

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Implementing MiTransfer Pathways webinar

MACRAO hosted a webinar on "Implementing MITransfer Pathways" on February 20, 2020. This webinar focused on campus implementation for the first four MiTransfer Pathways agreements in Biology, Business, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. Personnel from MACRAO institutions discussed their internal communication plans regarding the new MiTransfer Pathways and shared their progress on developing web-based communication materials about their participation in the pathways. In addition, project staff previewed plans to further enhance student-facing materials available at and formally call for institutional MiTransfer webpage links to be added to the redesigned institutional profile pages as these resources are developed.

Presenters included: Colleen Kibin, Eastern Michigan University; Evan Finley, Eastern Michigan University; Ashley VanHeest, Jackson College; Urana Pridemore, University of Michigan – Dearborn; Chris Marx, Davenport University and Katie Giardello, MiTransfer Project Consultant.

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MACRAO Summer Summit 2020

MACRAO Summer Summit 2020

Thursday and Friday
June 18-19
Davenport University
Grand Rapids

Save the date for the MACRAO Summer Summit 2020! We're planning a great two day event for you focused on transfer, articulation, MI Pathways, and much more!

A tentative list of topics to be covered at this year's Summer Summit includes:

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Get involved! Join a MACRAO committee!

MACRAO's standing committees are where the real energy and innovation happens. Our committees work on professional development opportunities, discuss and develop best practices and other solutions, and create networking opportunities and friendships that provide support when we need it most!

Who is eligible to be on a MACRAO committee? Any current member... institutional, affiliate, individual, or honorary. If your institution is a MACRAO member and you work in the areas of registration, records, admissions, recruitment, or related fields, you're eligible! (If you're not already listed as an institutional member, ask your school's key contact to request that you get added to the membership list.)

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Follow MACRAO on social media

Yes, MACRAO is on social media just like all of the cool kids. Follow us so you know what's cool!

2019 MACRAO award winners announced

2019 Equity in Education Award

The Board of Directors presents this award to a program that promotes equitable opportunities within higher education for marginalized populations.

Winner: Eastern Michigan University Gateways to Completion

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