The task of compliance, legal and otherwise, often falls on the shoulders of the Registrar’s Office. Chapter 8 of the Registrar’s Self-Assessment guides higher-ed professionals on a variety of topics, including:
The Solomon Amendment
Student Right-to-Know Legislation
Certification Requirements for Federal Financial Aid
Veterans Administration Certification
Compliance Issues in Association with Distance Education
State Specific Compliance or Certification Issues
Evaluating and Maintaining Compliance in the Registrar’s Office.
The Registrar's Self-Assessment is a cost-effective and practical guide for registrars to assess various functions, processes, and procedures. It allows members to grade their proficiency in several determined core competencies, including managing the registrar’s office, academic policies, grading processes, degree audits, professional development, and more. In addition, the Self-Assessment identifies areas for potential improvement and recommends specific relevant AACRAO resources and products to increase mastery in these areas. Available in both digital and physical formats, the Self-Assessment mimics the approach an outside consultant would use to evaluate the operations of a registrar's office.
Each section contains a self-assessment based on broad best practices and guidance. Additionally, each section concludes with a guided action plan to assist in stimulating growth and improvement.
We’ve included a truncated overview of the guiding principles contained in each section to give a preview of what to expect in the complete Registrar’s Self-Assessment.
FERPA - Guiding Principle
Solomon Amendment - Guiding Principle
The Military Recruiting and Reserve Officer Training Corps Program Access to Institutions of Higher Education (Solomon Amendment) prohibits most institutions from denying military recruiters access to directory information for the purpose of recruiting. Further, the law prohibits institutions from enacting an anti-ROTC policy.
Student Right-to-Know Legislation - Guiding Principle
The Student Right-to-Know Legislation requires schools who receive federal financial aid to make certain specific information readily available to all currently enrolled students, and to prospective students upon request. This information includes, but is not limited to, completion or graduation rates of students as well as information about student-athletes. It is imperative to monitor legislation to remain compliant.
Voter Registration - Guiding Principle
Enrollment Certifications - Guiding Principle
Certification Requirements for Financial Aid - Guiding Principle
Athletic Eligibility - Guiding Principle
Veterans Administration Certification - Guiding Principle
Compliance Issues in Association with Distance Education - Guiding Principle
State Specific Compliance or Certification Issues - Guiding Principle
Many states have laws and regulations that affect the Registrar’s Office. These may include residency requirements, state scholarship eligibility, legal presence requirements, or special stipulations on release of public information. Many times these will only apply to public, state-supported institutions.
Interested in utilizing the Registrar's Self-Assessment in your office? Visit AACRAO's On-Demand Learning page to gain access.