For the Record, An AACRAO Podcast

For the Record, An AACRAO Podcast

A Registrar Podcast sponsored by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), hosted by Doug McKenna.

Episodes

March 26, 2021 40 min

For the Record – Season 3 Episode 13- Connect, Educate, and Advocate with the Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus

Episode Notes

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With the recent significant rise in racist rhetoric and violence against Asian Americans, members of our community are experiencing fear, anger, and anxiety. In this episode of For the Record, we talk to two members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus to hear their se...

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Registrars regularly oversee the practice of how credits are recorded in the academic record and how these credits apply towards educational credentials. Registrars are also often at the forefront of helping to shape the institutional policies related to Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Listen as Becky Klein-Collins of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) talks through the origins of PLA and Competency-Based Educa...

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Financial Aid is a critical student service office that relies heavily on the student data stewarded by the Registrar’s Office. Many of the things we do in the registrar’s office affect the work of financial aid counselors. Understanding what the flow of the financial aid cycle is, and how the work of the registrar fits into it, can make a big difference for operational efficiencies. In this episode we visit with a director of a fi...

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In a conversation with two members of the AACRAO Black Caucus, this episode focuses on the practical applications and implications of equity and inclusion work. Along the way we talk about the work of the Black Caucus (and caucuses in general), ways the pandemic has challenged registrar’s offices and students alike, and ways that you can begin to engage with diversity, equity, and inclusion work. It’s critical to make space for cha...

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On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, a group of armed insurrectionists stormed the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC, as Congress held a joint session to certify the election of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris. This episode talks about the implications of this attack on US democracy, how it affects our institutions, and encourages people of good will to be active and engaged in their response. 


Special Guest:

LTC (Ret.) Doug ...

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Since 2015, AACRAO has been leading the charge in the development of a Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR). Partnering with other organizations such as NASPA, and working with a grant from the Lumina Foundation, AACRAO has made considerable progress in these efforts.  CLRs seek to capture, record, and communicate learning when and where it happens in a student’s higher education experience. In this episode we’ll talk with Tom Green ...

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November 12, 2020 18 min

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.edu

 Key Takeaways:

  • Just watch the video and enjoy!
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    October 5, 2020 33 min

    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 experimentation within the broad category of “productivity.”

    Guest: Heather Abbott, Deputy Registra...

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    September 14, 2020 18 min

    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

    “Learn as much as possible. Be open, invite criticism.”

    Emily Shandley, University Registrar,...

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    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 released (then subsequently rescinded) guidance affects those. We also hear from Jay Lig...

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    July 8, 2020 31 min

    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 consequential nature of the Carnegie Unit is Elena Silva, Ph.D., lead author of the Car...

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    June 9, 2020 39 min

    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 Director and University Registrar at Weber State joins the podcast to discuss the four ...

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    May 20, 2020 44 min

    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 in modular learning, the ways technology will change the classroom and the administr...

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    March 20, 2020 17 min

    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, and contemplating policy changes or exceptions to policy specifically related to gradin...

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    February 27, 2020 50 min

    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 mission aligns with that of emergency managers. While not specifically about COVID-19, ...

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    February 12, 2020 43 min

    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 while increasing the cultural competencies of registrar staff.  


    Guests: 

    Cassandra Moore...

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    December 17, 2019 44 min

    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 structures and motivations, strategies for communication, and the general mindset to adopt.

    Gue...

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    November 25, 2019 32 min

    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, Associate Registrar, Grand Valley State University
    vainneda@gvsu.edu 

    Jason Cronkrite, As...

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    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 Admissions (MSACROA) about ways being involved with MSACROA aided in her personal and p...

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    October 15, 2019 6 min

    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 Reading:

    Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

    Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

    We Should All be Femi...

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