The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an AACRAO member for exceptional contributions over an extended period of time for service to AACRAO at the national level in the areas of program, scholarship, committee, or other activities worthy of recognition. The recipient is recommended by the AACRAO Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Members who have served on the Board of Directors within the past three years are not eligible for the award. (25 points toward honorary membership)

Named for a Past President of AACRAO, the Thomas A. Bilger Award is presented to a member in recognition of consistent vision, service and/or leadership in AACRAO and with seven or more years of volunteer service.  The award represents a significant contribution to AACRAO in positions such as Task Force Chair, Special Projects Director, Program Coordinator/Director, or member of the Board of Directors.  This award is given to honor  those who had the foresight to recognize the needs of the profession.  The award may be given to more than one person annually.  The recipient is recommended by the AACRAO Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.  Members who have served on the Board of Directors within the past three years are not eligible for this award.  (15 points towards Honorary Membership)

The Emerging Leader Award is presented to professionals who have, early in their career, made an exceptional or unique contribution which demonstrates promise as a future AACRAO leader.  The award may be given to up to five recipients annually.  The recipients are recommended by the AACRAO Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. (5 points to Honorary Membership)

The Elbert W. Ockerman State and Regional Professional Activity Award recognizes outstanding professional activities of the state/regional associations and encourages development and expansion of quality professional activities among state/regional associations. Up to three awards of $500 each will be presented. Nominees must prepare a one page written summary of their activities for consideration. The recipient(s) are recommended by the AACRAO Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

The 
Award for Excellence in International Education is presented to a member for excellence in the field of international education who has demonstrated a commitment to internationalism and has not only made an impact on the profession but on those who serve it. Contributions include, but are not limited to: leadership, publications, contribution to conference and programs and special projects. One award is given annually and presented at the Annual Meeting. The recipient is recommended by the AACRAO Awards Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. (15 points toward honorary membership)

The 
AACRAO Centennial Award for Excellence, established in recognition of AACRAO's 2010 centennial celebration, is presented to an individual who is not an AACRAO member, but who has made a contribution to or influenced the higher education community in a notable and positive manner that supports the vision and mission statement of AACRAO. The recipient will come as a recommendation from the committee to the Board of Directors.

Honorary Membership
 is awarded in recognition of a member's active involvement and contribution to AACRAO by the Board of Directors. Honorary members no longer actively employed shall be entitled to benefits from the association, such as free meeting registration and waiver of dues, in accordance with AACRAO's policy on complimentary benefits. If an Honorary Member becomes eligible for active or corporate AACRAO Membership, the benefits of Honorary Membership will be suspended until the individual is no longer eligible for active or corporate membership.

Criteria: Honorary membership will be considered for AACRAO members who are retiring from a member institution or leaving the profession and who should have accumulated a minimum of 100 points based on significant participation and service to AACRAO according to the following point system.

5 points per service year

  • Co-Chair of Volunteers
  • Task force member
  • AACRAO Committee Chair (max 15 points)
  • Program Committee member (max 15 points)
  • Nominations and Elections member
  • Inter-Association Representative
  • Author of an article or chapter in an AACRAO Publication

15 points per service year

  • Nominations and Elections chair or vice chair
  • Task force chair
  • LAC chair or co-chair
  • Program Committee chair (max 30 points)
  • Editor or author of an AACRAO publication (15 points per contribution)
  • Editor of College and University

25 points per service year

  • Board of Directors

Points for award recipients are applied as applicable (see awards above.) Other significant contributions can be included at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Recipients are selected by the Board of Directors.