The University of Colorado Boulder named Kristi Wold-McCormick, PhD, as campus registrar, effective June 16. Wold-McCormick comes to CU-Boulder from North Dakota State University (NDSU), where she served as registrar for the past twelve years.
She’s only been on campus for a few weeks, but already her office is home to a sizable herd of buffalo, including statues and paintings. NDSU is home to the “Bison,” so the transition to becoming a Buff was not a difficult one.
“I came here because CU-Boulder has such a strong academic reputation. I loved my job at NDSU, but as I thought about the next step in my career to something bigger I thought that ‘bigger’ isn’t just about size. It’s the type of institution and what it stands for,” said Wold-McCormick. “To me, AAU institutions are the ones setting the trends, solving the problems of today and being looked to by other institutions. I wanted to be a part of that.”
As registrar, she is responsible for overseeing student records and regulating many common components of the student experience. This includes registration requests, enforcing the rules for enrolling in or exiting courses, maintaining class lists and schedules and maintaining a permanent record of grades. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for accomplishing all of this while maintaining the privacy and security of student records. As a team, they must stay on top of student data privacy laws so that they can protect students and meet the security requirements of governments and stakeholders.
Wold-McCormick explains that she and her office work primarily behind the scenes with the university's academic and administrative staff, doing much of the necessary work that allows the university to function day in and day out. They work closely with the Bursar’s Office, Office of Financial Aid and many other units to assist with such activities as scheduling the general purpose classrooms, overseeing tuition classification due to residency, monitoring athletic eligibility and serving as custodians of student academic records.
“We work with academic departments, the grad school and the provost’s office to coordinate and build the class schedule and to make sure that all of the university’s degrees and programs are current in the system,” Wold-McCormick says.
Wold-McCormick explains that overseeing the technological tools that support registration is also a major part of her job. She says that providing students with a seamless registration experience is one of her top goals.
“The Office of the Registrar also supports the student registration system (also known as ‘MyCU Info’). We perform upgrades and fixes to continuously improve the technology and ensure that it is current. Our department is incredibly savvy at finding ways to create efficiencies and administer policies in a way that keeps us compliant and efficient.”
The issue of compliance is another major focus of Wold-McCormick’s work. She and her staff work to stay current on the policies set by state and federal legislators that dictate how students are tracked and reported. These and other legislative actions require the university to constantly reevaluate our compliance, while administering these regulations in such a way as to “make sure that things are minimally burdensome on our students.”
For now, Wold-McCormick is still meeting people and learning about CU-Boulder. But her excitement is evident.
“I’m ready to have my hands in everything, and to identify better ways to provide services to students—be it transcript services, diploma services or tuition classification. I’m very excited to do what I can to improve the student experience through seamless, behind-the-scenes support for the academic mission of the university.”