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Cliff Ramirez & Associates & PDR Enterprises an Education Partnership
Cliff Ramirez & Associates is a training and consulting firm, founded by working professionals to support, advance, and facilitate the effectiveness of higher education and other service industry professionals. Our customized training and personalized consulting services focus on enhancing the FERPA expertise of faculty, staff, and other clients in higher education. In addition to higher education, we focus on service industries and organizations, providing quality training and consulting in the areas of leadership, management, organizational development, staff development, and workplace maturity. Whether you are a large organization or a small company, our aim is to be a valuable partner in facilitating your success!

Consultants Backgrounds:

CLIFFORD A. RAMIREZ
Founder, Consultant, Trainer

The founder of Cliff Ramirez & Associates, Cliff has attained a distinguished reputation as an innovator, teacher, writer, public speaker, and leader in higher education.

Cliff is the author of FERPA Clear and Simple (2009) and of Managing the Privacy of Student Records (2002), a workshop he designed and created to teach higher education administrators the basics of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Among his other FERPA works is The FERPA Answer Book for Higher Education Professionals, a manual he edited with attorney Aileen Gelpi.  In 2006, Cliff collaborated with records management expert Linda Arquieta-Herrera on the development of another manual Records Management for Higher Education.

Cliff developed his FERPA expertise while serving as Assistant Registrar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he worked for 14 years.  As a result of his professional expertise, Cliff is a member of the Registrars & Enrollment Services Consulting for Colleges and Universities (www.resccu.com) network and serves on the panel of experts for College Parents of America (www.collegeparents.org).  Cliff has also contributed to the Advisory Boards of Docufide, Inc. and The Successful Registrar Newsletter.   

Cliff has also developed leadership development workshops with titles such as Power Shop: Making a Difference (1998), Creating Effective Workplace Cultures (1999), and Balancing Work & Family (1999).

A staunch supporter of professional development, Cliff is responsible for creating three prominent institutes--the PACRAO Emerging Professionals Institute (EPI) in 2003, the ASA Leadership Development Institute in 1999, and the UC Management & Leadership (UCML) Conference for the University of California in 1995.

Throughout his career, Cliff has been active as a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (PACRAO), the Council on Law in Higher Education (CLHE), the UCLA Administrators & Supervisors Association (ASA), and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).  He was twice elected ASA President (1993-1995 and 1997-2001) and served as PACRAO President in 2003.  Cliff has been a member of the AACRAO Federal Compliance Committee

A native of southern California, Cliff graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 and attended the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley while studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood.  He worked for Bank of America before coming to UCLA in 1990.  Cliff has served in positions at Antioch University Los Angeles and is currently Associate Registrar at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Cliff lives in Fontana, California, with his son John.  Their two Golden Retrievers Zalo and Smokey, are sons of their beloved Yeller, who passed away in 2004.

Throughout his career, Cliff has been active as a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (PACRAO), the Council on Law in Higher Education (CLHE), the UCLA Administrators & Supervisors Association (ASA), and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).  He was twice elected ASA President (1993-1995 and 1997-2001) and served as PACRAO President in 2003.  Cliff has been a member of the AACRAO Federal Compliance Committee



FERPA PRESENTATIONS - Cliff Ramirez

AACRAO 2004, Las Vegas, NV, 2004
Antioch University Los Angeles, Culver City, CA, 2002, 2009
Antioch University Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, 2006
Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2003
California Bursars Association, Napa, CA, 2007
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2000
Columbia College, Tarzana, CA, 2008
El Camino College, Torrance, CA, 2001, 2008
El Paso Community College District, El Paso, TX, 2005
Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC, 2006
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, 2002, 2003
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 2009
Mt. St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, 2000
Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA, 2005
Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 2002, 2008-2009
Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA, 2002
St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, CA, 2002
Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers, Corpus Christi, TX, 2008
UC Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2000-2003
UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2002
UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, 2001
UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, 2001
University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, 2003


OTHER PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS - Cliff Ramirez

Academic Impressions, with Robert Morley, USC, 2005
American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
    Conferences, 1994, 1999, 2002, 2004
Association of Southern Baptist Admissions Professionals (ASBAP), 2006
Audio Educator, ELI Research, 2007
California Association of Community Colleges Registrars & Admissions Officers (CACCRAO), 1999
California Bursars Association, 2007
Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2002
Noel-Levitz North American Enrollment Management Institute, 2000, 2002
Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (PACRAO)
    Conferences 1995-2003
    Professional Development Programs, 2001, 2002, 2003
    Summer Success Seminars, 1996, 1997, 2000
Paper Clip Communications, 2006
Progressive Business Conferences, 2007-2009
Seattle University, Seattle, WA, 2001
University of California Management & Leadership (UCML) Conference, 1995, 1999
UCLA Administrators & Supervisors Association (ASA), 1999, 2000
UCLA Events Office, 2004
UCLA Staff & Faculty Counseling Center, 2002


COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMS - Linda Arquieta-Herrera and Cliff Ramirez

City of Lancaster Parks & Recreation, Lancaster, CA, 2006


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