Heather Alderfer

Heather Alderfer is a member of the editorial collective at University of Venus, and is an Associate Registrar at Yale Law School.

She briefly studied the intersection of people, technology, and society at the School of Information at the University of Michigan while exploring the intricacies of degree requirements at the Office of the Registrar. Prior to Michigan, Heather was an Associate Registrar at Northeastern University and an Assistant Registrar at Wesleyan University. She received a BA in English and International Relations in 2002 and a Master’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan in 2007, and a Master’s in Education with a focus on Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in 2010. Heather is also a registered yoga teacher, and has a dedicated Forrest Yoga and Transcendental Meditation practice. She was raised in Fairfield, Iowa, and attended a conscious-based high school.

She can be found on twitter @hettyplatt and reached by email at [email protected]

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Most Recent Articles

January 25, 2011
My motto for 2011 is simple: do less. By doing less, I’m hoping to accomplish more. No, it’s not an oxymoron. I try to do too much, so by cutting back on what I’m doing, both at work and at home, my goal is to do whatever task I’m working on more thoroughly, more mindfully, and more completely.
December 19, 2010
I’ve had some great work
November 23, 2010
Are classes the same thing as courses and sections?Simple questions about student data can quickly disintegrate into details too nuanced for most faculty to stomach. I restrain myself from asking too many questions in response: should data be categorized by term, or by year? Should non-degree students and auditors be included? Universities are swimming in data, even if they are siloed in ways that seem to make little sense.
October 26, 2010
I knew this moment would come. The moment when I would begin paying back my student loans, marking the end of my ability to consider myself a student, despite the collection of .edu email addresses which are still active.
September 28, 2010
New Haven, Connecticut, USA"Even if you're the whitest writer on the earth, you are writing about race, you just don't know it," - Junot Diaz
August 24, 2010
A good friend of mine claims that when he was an undergraduate, he always returned to school late, bearing a big box of chocolates or salt-water taffy, and charmed the Registrar's Office into waiving any late enrollment fees. Whether it was his deliberate charm or the sugar, he claims his tactics were successful.
July 18, 2010
I threw a stack of college catalogs in the recycling bin last week. It was a symbolic as well as a practical move, a step toward the triumph of the electronic over the printed. Will today’s students really come to the Registrar’s Office to browse for cross-campus classes?


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