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The Origins and Role of the Registrar

Many believe that the modern-day registrar evolved from the beadle of medieval universities. However, Shawn C. Smith argues that the origins of the registrar's office are more complex than that. In his article, he writes that although the beadle sometimes shared functions similar to that of registrar, the role of registrar grew out of any number of positions within medieval universities, with each university having its unique organizational structure. The history of the registrar may or may not originate from beadles at medieval universities, but the importance and necessity of the work done over time remains as valuable as it ever was.

Read the article "The Complex Origins of the Registrar" in College and University (Spring 2012)