AACRAO Publication


The Work of the Registrar: A Summary of Principles and Practices in American Universities and Colleges
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The Work of the Registrar: A Summary of Principles and Practices in American Universities and Colleges

$40 Members/$58 Non-Members; Alma H. Preinkart; 2005; Item #0105
Take a walk down Memory Lane… In 1940 when AACRAO’s release The Work of the Registrar was written: Yale tuition was fifty dollars per quarter; colleges had curfews for women and dress codes; the average salary was $1,299 annually; first class stamps were three cents; and colleges sent progress reports home to parents. Read about what’s changed since then and what hasn’t in The Work of the Registrar: A Summary of Principles and Practices in American Universities and Colleges. Written by Alma H. Preinkert, registrar at the University of Maryland from 1935 to 1954, it became an invaluable reference guide for all registrars during the 1940’s. Current members of the profession should find this to be an interesting historical read. While the methods used to admit, register and maintain records have changed dramatically with computers and web based systems, the basic mission of the registrar’s office has not.