Registrars have the unique ability to influence institution-wide policies and practices related to academic affairs and student success.

How registrars are essential for student engagement


Registrars have the unique ability to influence institution-wide policies and practices related to academic affairs and student success

Seventy-nine percent of respondents in a survey agreed registrars should be actively involved in student engagement across the student life cycle, and 88 percent indicated the same for strategic-enrollment management efforts.

This according to results from the “Perceptions of and Expectations for the Role of the Registrar” 60-Second Survey by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), in participation with Modern Campus, a modern learner engagement platform. These responses imply the role of the modern registrar centers around the concept of student centricity.

The 60-Second Survey invited registrars and enrollment management professionals from colleges and universities across North America to provide their perspectives on what the role of the registrar should be at their institution.

Particular attention was paid to what the role of the registrar should be for student engagement and enrollment management. The data from the survey was used to shape a roundtable discussion in July 2022 and a subsequent white paper by AACRAO and Modern Campus titled, “The Modern Registrar: Reflections from the Field.”

“A successful registrar is much more than a record gatekeeper – the registrar’s portfolio is central to an institution and engaged in aspects of academic affairs, financial aid, data and technology, compliance and records management. Through this portfolio they create, maintain and are continuously engaged in improving the student experience and student success,” said Dr. Wendy Kilgore, senior director of research at AACRAO.

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