A registrar is a senior administrative executive working in an academic institution, which can be a college, university, or secondary school, who oversees the leadership and management of the Registrar’s Office.
Generally, a registrar processes schedules classes, maintains class lists, and registration requests, enforce the rules of entering or leaving a class, keeps a record of the grades and marks attained by students, etc. In institutions having selective admission requirements, a student only starts to be in connection with the official actions of the registrar after admission.
The term registrar is also used for the head of the administration of the university. The role is generally combined with that of the secretary of the governing bodies of the university and in these cases, the full title will often be “registrar and secretary” to reflect the dual roles they have to play. The University of Cambridge in England calls this office by its archaic name – Registrary.
A registrar can also be an administrative position, generally offering the responsibility of records and registration, academic scheduling, admissions, front line service and support, academic policy, strategic enrollment data management and analysis, and graduation (sometimes also called a convocation.
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