These days, we Registrars are pressed to be efficient and effective with our time and resources. I suspect it has always been thus. There are demands on limited funds, pressures to recruit and admit more top quality students, keep up on what the competition is doing, and exceed expectations for service, government reporting, and… Read More The Efficient Academic
Registrars are often known as gate-keepers. The other day, a faculty member said to me, “I send students to you because you know how to say no to them.” Hmm. Dr. Paul Magnus, my MA supervisor for my Leadership & Management program, used to remind his students that there is always a way forward. Always.… Read More Gate Keeper or Option Maker?
A number of years ago, I attended a lecture by Yale philsopher Nicholas Wolterstorff where he introduced the idea that each person has a particular view of their world, and to dismiss it or exclude it means we lose and something important that affects us all. Just as a one faceted diamond would be almost worthless,… Read More Facets of Strategic Enrolment Management
“Leadership is influence.” John Maxwell “Leadership is service.” Robert Greenleaf “Leadership is taking responsibility.” Grant McMillan I do not intend the above to be interpreted that I am among the great leadership thinkers. I put the above three sentences to show that I think there is something missing in current leadership theory, and that gap… Read More Leadership Is Responsibility
“Strategic” doesn’t have to mean complicated or difficult. It can simply mean we’ve made a clear choice that aligns with our overall plan. This past spring, we decided that if we truly want students to succeed at Trinity Western University, we should show them that we care that they stay enrolled. We could have got… Read More Strategic Enrolment Management
Academics are famous for making the simple complex. If there is a way to slice and dice a subject into smaller, disconnected pieces, a faculty member will do it. They make careers doing this! We registrars work in complex academic worlds and the pull to the dark side of complex language and processes is strong.… Read More The Plain Speaking Registrar
After Canadian Thanksgiving, I am scheduled to teach a 6 week intensive course on leadership called LDRS 302: Historical Concepts and Theories of Leadership. I’ll be using Peter Northouse’s text, which is quite comprehensive. But one thing I do each semester before I teach is remind myself what makes for better teaching. Parker Palmer is… Read More Preparing to Teach