2015 AACRAO Technology & Transfer Conference

Registrar 101 & FERPA Two-Day Workshop
Saturday, July 11 (Day 1)
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Sunday, July 12 (Day 2)
8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Member Fees: $395 by June 12 and $420 after June 12
Nonmember Fees: $495 by June 12 and $520 after June 12

You may register online for the workshop or complete the designated registration form.

Registrar 101 is a journey through the “what” and “how” of the work of the registrar’s office. The goals of Registrar 101 are to develop an understanding of: the basic areas of work and responsibility of the registrar’s office; the integral role the registrar’s office plays in an institution’s academic community; trends in higher education that have an impact on the office of the registrar; and the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be successful in the registrar profession. 

Registrar 101 provides a unique framework for discussing/learning the fundamentals of the work of the registrar’s office by:
1) exploring the evolving role and mission of the registrar, 
2) providing an in-depth discussion and application of FERPA, 
3) discussing the interplay of academic policies and regulations on the work performed in the Registrar’s office, 
4) exposing a wide-ranging discussion of the “nuts and bolts” of the work performed in the registrar’s office, 
5) exploring the evolving role of the registrar’s office in management, customer service, technology application and as a change agent,
6) promoting best practices, and
7) providing a forum for discussing common issues and concerns of those relatively new to the registrar’s profession. 

Registrar 101 is intended for members of the profession who have been in registrar or registrar-related positions for less than three years and want to develop a more solid, expansive understanding of the work of the registrar’s office. Upper-level administrators have also found Registrar 101 gives them a better understanding of the supervisory role they may have of the registrar’s office.

Lara Medley, Colorado School of Mines
LeRoy Rooker, AACRAO
Kimra Schipporeit, University of Nebraska Kearney

Reverse Transfer Workshop 
Sunday, July 12, 2015 
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $150

You may register online for the workshop or complete the Technology and Transfer Conference registration form.

There is vast literature regarding the benefits of reverse transfer programs for students pursuing higher education. The literature notes that reverse transfer programs provide a means to award associate degrees to early-transfer students in a low-cost, scalable, and sustainable manner.  Students who receive an associate degree are several times more likely to attain their bachelor degree, while students who fall short of a bachelor degree often walk away empty-handed when they have earned enough credits for an associate degree.  In addition, reverse transfer programs help pull stop-out students back into the educational pipeline; improve the transition for community college students coming to four-year institutions, allowing them to complete on pace according to their degree plan; and identify motivated and academically prepared community college students who help meet four-year institutional goals in the areas of undergraduate admissions, diversity, accessibility, excellence, and tuition funding.

In June 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law HB 3025, a bill that included a mandate for Texas higher education to award associate degrees through a reverse credit transfer process. To facilitate adoption of this law and to uphold this unfunded mandate and increase participation in reverse transfer, a consortium of Texas public higher education institutions initiated a change in the Texas Common Application which allows institutions to exchange student academic records for the purposes of reverse transfer unless students opt out. Additionally, the University of Texas at Austin has worked with Austin Community College to develop and pilot a streamlined process for reverse transfer. Based on the success of that pilot, UT Austin and Lone Star College System, in partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse, are leading the Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative (TRTI), a grant-funded project to scale the UT Austin-ACC pilot in a low-cost and sustainable way. The grant program focuses on increasing implementation of the streamlined process across Texas. 

The state of Wisconsin has not legislated Reverse Transfer like many other states. Individual schools have taken an interest in the Reverse Transfer Initiative and school specific agreements have been established. Two schools in particular, Madison College and the University of Wisconsin - Madison, have collaborated on a journey to develop an agreement, create a data-exchange process, work through challenges, and reflect on lessons learned. 

Scott Owczarek, university registrar, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Shelby Stanfield, vice provost and university registrar, University of Texas at Austin, will review the efforts underway in these states, discuss some of the challenges faced, the lessons learned, and creative ideas put in place to facilitate reverse transfer. They will also discuss where this may lead, next steps, and the benefits and strategy behind developing a national approach to Reverse Transfer.

Scott Owczarek, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Brenda Selman, University of Missouri
Shelby Stanfield, University of Texas at Austin