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Registrar Forum @ Tech: Inputs and Outputs

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The Registrar Forum @ Tech: Inputs and Outputs 

Sunday, July 6 
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Fee: $525 Forum Only / $375 If Also Attending Full Conference 
Separate Registration is required to attend this workshop.

The Registrar Forum @ Tech provides an environment to discuss the principles, issues, foundations, trends, and future directions of the profession both enabled and bounded by information technology. The Forum depth and success are dependent on a combination of the leadership of the Forum faculty along with the involvement and interaction of the Forum participants. The Registrar Forum @ Tech is not meant to be a bits and bytes seminar; rather it is a discussion of mission, principles, opportunities, and administration in the context of a highly networked, 24/7, sophisticated, information-consuming academic world.

The Registrar Forum @ Tech Session Outline and Agenda 
From "Backpack" to “Transcript”—How are We Changing with the Times? 

Breakfast for Forum Attendees
7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.

Session 1: Innovative Disruptions Continue! How Will We Respond?
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 
Mary Beth Myers/Faculty 

There continues to be a convergence of disruptions challenging us as Registrars. New state and federal regulations continue…most resulting in significant impact on us. Students are arriving with a “backpack” of multiple experiences that they (and their parents) want translated to credit. And one of the most recent and intriguing “new” challenges is the question of how “learning” at our institutions is being evaluated. While the credit hour continues to be the most understood method of reporting learning…..is it the best one? Will it continue to be the standard? Given current technology, could we be doing better in reporting learning or competency? Some would argue that what Registrars have maintained over all these many years is an “enrollment record” while the potential employers, graduate schools and other constituents are most interested in a “learner or competency” record. In the end, folks coming into our institutions and those outside of it are expecting more. From putting out “toes in the water” to “diving in” -- how will we respond?

Session 2: What Initiatives are Currently Underway in this Conversation about “Competency” vs “Credit Hour”
9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Adrian Cornelius/Faculty

As students bring to us a “backpack” with much more than a high school diploma or GED, what steps are we taking to evaluate and articulate that learning? From dual credit in high school, to transfer work from another institution, to work, professional or military experience how do we equate these experiences to some sort of “credit” on their journey toward graduation? What about badges from completed MOOCS? Where do they fit in? What are we doing and what should we be doing to better articulate student learning.

Session 3: Let’s Go ….“Backwards”?
11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Scott Owczarek/Faculty 

Let’s talk about University of Wisconsin “flex plan” and the what happens if we put this train “in reverse?” How might we help facilitate students receiving an associate’s degree from a local community college on their path to a bachelor’s degree at our institution—with no additional work on the part of the student? How could we? Why should we? What might be the benefits? And, what might this lead to in terms of broadly sharing this “enrollment record” --- our current transcript?

Lunch for Registrar Forum Participants (Pizza Delivered!)
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Session 4: What Should Be Expected of our “NEW” Transcript?
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m
Tom Black/Faculty
Are we REALLY serving our students and their potential employers with the same old transcript we have been churning out for a hundred years? What sorts of innovations should we be considering to TRULY reflect student competency once they have graduated from our institutions?

How Student Credit Hour Shapes Higher Education: The Tie That Binds: New Directors for Higher Education (Wellman, Jane and Ehrlich, Thomas, 2003)
The student credit hour (SCH) is truly the coin of the realm within the U.S. system of higher education. Initially designed to translate high school course work, it now measures everything from student learning to faculty workload. It shapes how time is used, and how enrollments are calculated, and underpins cost and performance measures. This American invention is one of the features that knit together our otherwise disparate system of higher education. Yet, the rationale for the metric has long since gone unexamined, and the measure itself may be perpetuating bad habits that get in the way of institutional change in higher education. The chapters in this book deconstruct the SCH credit hour and how it has come to be used in American higher education, to examine whether it has become an obstacle to needed change. It is a fascinating journey into the sociological evolution of the current organization and governance of American higher education. This is the 122nd issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Higher Education.
Carnegie Report out in September!