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Sometimes registrars find it difficult to explain to people who don’t work in a registrar’s office what exactly a registrar does. And sometimes a video comes along that not only explains it but does so in an hilarious way. Guest: Tina Miller, Senior Associate Registrar and Chief Residency Officer University of Washington, Seattle Campus millert@uw.…
 
In today’s environment of constrained resources, we are all expected to be more productive. While strategic planning is important, strategic doing is where the rubber meets the road. In this episode we will talk about tools, methods, and approaches to help you focus and operate more efficiently. We’ll discuss resources for individual experimentatio…
 
This is Volume 1 of crowd-sourced registrar tips, tricks, and hacks. Thank you to the brave contributors who called and left their nuggets of wisdom to make this episode possible. If you’d like to contribute, follow the instructions below. Contributors: AnnaMarie Bianco, Associate Vice President and University Registrar, Georgetown University “Lear…
 
The past several weeks have been tumultuous for international students registered to study at American higher education institutions this fall, as SEVP released much more restrictive guidance than had been issued in the spring. We talk with Steve Springer from NAFSA about the regular requirements for international students, and how the recently rel…
 
The Carnegie Unit grew out of a desire to provide a pension for college professors and turned out to be a significant factor in the standardization of secondary and post-secondary education in the United States. Its continued usage today both helps and hinders innovation in higher education. Discussing the impetus for, continued reliance on, and co…
 
Framing is a way of understanding and communicating about a particular issue. As registrars, we operate in a highly complex world of varying demands. Organizational frameworks can assist us in understanding our various challenges, and organizing our thoughts and approaches to develop plans of action and solutions. Casey Bullock, Ph.D., Executive Di…
 
I was asked to provide my thoughts on the future of higher education for Coursedog’s Community 2020: A Virtual Summit for Higher Ed event. Looking 20-30 years into the future, I talk about higher education re-branding itself as Lifelong Education, how the funding model will change, increased access and representations, the ways students will engage…
 
The higher education landscape has changed dramatically over the past several weeks as a result of the presence of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. This episode talks about ways the registrar is involved in decision-making on campus, and details three recent situations relating to shifting the academic calendar, the physical relocation of staff, an…
 
With the backdrop of a global pandemic (and a suspected case of COVID-19 at George Mason--which turned out to be negative), this episode explores the way that registrars support the work of the emergency manager at their institution. We’ll get a glimpse into the public safety and emergency response world, and talk about ways that the registrar’s mi…
 
The registrar can be an advocate for students in many ways. One of the critical ways is putting equitable systems in place that support student success. In this episode we discuss the framework of access, equity, and inclusion, and discuss ways that registrars’ offices can be working toward a goal of equitable policies, practices, and procedures wh…
 
Faculty are one of the main constituents for any Registrar’s Office, but, like students, they pose interesting challenges to effective working relationships. In this episode, Dr. Susan Christy, herself a former tenured faculty member, discusses the ways that administrators can work effectively with faculty by understanding their incentive structure…
 
The registrar’s website is an important (but often overlooked) tool for communication and service delivery. Dan Vainner and Jason Cronkrite from Grand Valley State University discuss the ways that they used analytics, an iterative development cycle, and some creativity to transform their website, adding function AND fun. Guests: Dan Vainner, Associ…
 
AACRAO is a national professional association but did you know that there are state and regional associations as well? In this episode we talk to Helena Minerva, Coordinator of Policy and Training at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and the current president of the Middle States Association of Collegiate Registrars and Officers of Ad…
 
The season 2 intro is both retrospective of season 1 and a preview of the topics to be covered in the upcoming season. Key Takeaways: Thank you for listening! Season 2 is going to be great: lots of topics both high level and “in the weeds” content. I’m always interested in hearing from you: registrarpodcast@gmail.com References and Additional Readi…
 
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted in 1974 in a completely different technological paradigm than we find ourselves in today. What are the ways these technological advances affect how we interpret and apply FERPA? What role should the registrar play at an institution with regard to FERPA training and compliance? Helen …
 
As the number and types of systems registrars offices interact with or manage has increased, the need for structured user acceptance testing (UAT) has also increased. Understanding the need and creating an extensible, repeatable, collaborative process will go a long way to making your life simpler when the need for testing rolls around (and it will…
 
The registrar plays many roles on campus. One of those roles is to advocate for the appropriate representation of a diverse student body and to create an inclusive learning environment where everyone feels comfortable engaging. In this episode, we hear about two institutions’ initiatives to enable students to use a chosen name, declare a gender ide…
 
The United States has sector-specific privacy laws and registrars are (or should be) most familiar with FERPA. But beyond FERPA, there are a set of principles that inform the appropriate use of data. These Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) are described, discussed, and related back to FERPA in this engaging and conversational episode. Ke…
 
In this episode of For the Record, we talk to two people who “get it” when it comes to technology, Tom Black, University Registrar at Johns Hopkins University and Frank Blalark, University Registrar at Duke University. We’ll hear about the changes they’ve experienced over their careers and strategies and approaches they use to stay current with tec…
 
In this episode of For the Record, we converse with the AACRAO president-elect, past president, and current president to hear their thoughts and reflections on what the AACRAO Annual Meeting has meant to them, what they’ve gained from participating, and words of advice for members who are attending for the first or second time. Guests: Jim Bouse, A…
 
In this episode of For the Record, we converse with Michelle Frederick and Colin Gerker from American University’s Human Resources Talent Development team to discuss trends in performance management, ways performance management differs from a traditional model of annual performance appraisal, and practical ways to incorporate performance management…
 
Technology is driving changes to the work of the registrar and data is the new precious metal. Understanding the registrar’s role as the steward of all student academic data is critical to succeeding in the role in modern higher education. Understanding data stewardship’s place within the business intelligence framework is equally important. This e…
 
In this episode of For the Record, we converse with Dr. Ethan Hutt from the University of Maryland and learn about the development of the student record and the role higher education (and registrars in particular) had in shaping it into what it is today. Guest: Dr. Ethan Hutt, University of Maryland Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and L…
 
In the first episode of For the Record, we discuss the position of the registrar, its place in higher education’s history, the evolution of the role and the way technology has influenced that evolution, and the many and varied responsibilities registrars are charged with. Key Takeaways: The Registrar is a critical position within higher education i…
 
The introductory episode of For the Record, a registrar podcast sponsored by AACRAO, hosted by Doug McKenna. Learn more about your host, about AACRAO, and the topics that will be covered in upcoming episodes. Key Takeaways: The Registrar is a critical position within higher education institutions; For the Record is going to be amazing; You should s…
 
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