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ERIC Number: EJ973243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
Duality and Tension for a University Registrar: A Modern-Day Lesson for Academic and Student Affairs
Martinez, Sylvia L. M.
College and University, v87 n3 p67-68, 70 Win 2012
One of the most fervent debates at the University of Kansas (KU) during the Vietnam War played out in the University Registrar's Office. During this period, James K. Hitt held the dual role of university registrar and Selective Service Representative: he used his position as registrar to inform the military of students' grades and class standings for draft deferment eligibility. The duality of Hitt's role became widely unpopular and spurred debate among faculty and administration as to the appropriateness of KU's cooperation with the Selective Service and the broader military establishment. The duality of the role coalesced toward a unique tension between academic and student affairs as it was believed by many to be both unethical and the cause of unintended academic consequences. Tension between some KU faculty members and the registrar arose when Selective Service deferment criteria altered the registrar's role and clouded issues related to student learning. This instance offers an opportunity to reflect on academic and student affairs' shared role in advancing higher education's mission of fostering student learning.
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). One Dupont Circle NW Suite 520, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-293-9161; Fax: 202-872-8857; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas; Vietnam