Institutional Governance/ Decision Making and the Role of the Registrar| September 2023 | 60-Second Survey

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Institutional Governance/ Decision Making and the Role of the Registrar | September 2023 | 60-Second Survey

Institutional Governance/ Decision Making and the Role of the Registrar | September 2023 | 60-Second Survey

In August 2023, AACRAO created and distributed a 60-second survey to AACRAO primary contacts at U.S. institutions asking for information about institutional governance/decision making and the role of the registrar in this function.

In August 2023, AACRAO created and distributed a 60-second survey to AACRAO primary contacts at U.S. institutions asking for information about institutional governance/decision making and the role of the registrar in this function. There were 327 responses from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Institutional characteristics varied by size, type, control, and governance. The role of institution-wide registrar was held by 89% of the respondents. Data from this survey will be used to inform a chapter in the upcoming AACRAO Academic Operations: The Role of the Registrar book, slated for publication in time for the 2024 annual meeting. The survey results also serve as a benchmark for institutional governance/decision making in the United States.

Key Data

  • Distributive decision making is the predominant model of institutional governance/decision making in this sample.
  • Regardless of the institutional-governance/decision-making model used, most respondents perceived that model to be effective.
  • The role of the registrar in institutional governance/decision making varies by institutional characteristics and by the institutional-governance/decision-making model used.
  • Most respondents agreed the role of the institution-wide registrar is configured to support effective engagement of that role in institutional governance/decision making.
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Unless otherwise noted in a specific report, the AACRAO member institution size, type and control categories are based on the following definitions and sources: 
The enrollment value used to delineate the institution's size category is defined as full-time enrollment plus 1/3 of part-time enrollment and is based on the enrollment reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). 
Institution type and control values are also defined by and verified through NCES criteria.