On February 12, 2021, we received the good news that the Government of Canada announced further temporary measures based on the pandemic that allow international students to be able to complete their studies in their home country and be eligible for the post-degree work permit: “These measures will assist international students by ensuring that studies… Read More International Student Recruitment Just Got a Little Easier
I like using Asana* to manage tasks and projects. I recently discovered their blog, which I have enjoyed reading each morning. This post on remote work leadership stuck out for me, especially the term “Heartitude.” This concept is especially important as we Registrars often have to deliver news (good, bad, and other) to students. My… Read More Leading With Heart
Do you struggle with university leaders who make pronouncements without consulting the Registrar’s Office? This can be challenging when you know that what they said is impossible, or at least will be very difficult. It can cause additional work for staff who may not appreciate someone making their lives more difficult. This is a common… Read More Pronouncements Without Consultation
Well, it has been quite a year! COVID-19 has pushed us hard. And in my last blog post of the year, I am not going to dwell on it or look back on it because nobody needs that. What I am going to say is you make me proud. I was speaking with someone who… Read More Kudos to YOU!
So much has changed with the COVID-19 pandemic. The “new normal” everyone is talking about seems like constantly shifting sands in a sand storm. We can’t see too far ahead and the landscape and even our footing is shifting, causing us to be unstable and requiring us to deal with something new every day. I… Read More Empathy for Students
When I watched the video of the police officer killing George Floyd on May 25, 2020, I was sickened. Inside, I was reeling and stumbling at the blatant act of evil on display for all the world to see, proof again that power often begets violence. I am a white male, and I do not… Read More Black Lives Do Matter: How Can a Registrar Be an Ally?
In the COVID-19 crisis, how can a university or college keep operating? At Trinity Western University, classes have moved online, and yes, Alex Usher, they really have moved online. They’re not perfect, but they’re working. And how can a Registrar’s Office keep working? Here are my ideas, and make sure you read to the end… Read More 3 Ways to Work Remotely
Y2K, SARS, COVID-19 are all scary events that I have had the privilege of being a Registrar through. I’m on a response team for my university, and here is what I’ve both heard and offered to my team about dealing with things like this: Lead. As Mr. Rogers’ mother famously told him, “Look for the… Read More Registraring in a Crisis
A day after I posted my thoughts on what good policy should do, Alex Usher posted a brilliant commentary on how to make good policy. You need to read it! In summary, I think he’s saying that in Canada we have a warped view of power and the way we use that power to create… Read More Good Policy Update
As a Registrar, I find myself interacting with policy on a daily basis. At my university, I find that I write or revise several policies every year. Today seems to be a policy-writing day, so I thought I would share my reflections on policy here. My philosophy of good policy is that it should promote… Read More Good Policy Promotes Good