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FERPA in Higher Ed

Education consultant Steven Roy Goodman wrote a column for the Pope Center on Higher Education Policy on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and how colleges and universities are interpreting it too broadly. Not only that, but new rules implemented in 2008 meant schools had to receive permission from students before releasing their records, he notes.

Goodman lists a lot of cases, some more egregious than others, and calls for a U.S. Department of Education task force to examine the issues around it and for Congress to revamp the law.

What is your take on how colleges and universities handle public information requests through the filter of FERPA? Do your schools exploit the law or are they as open and transparent as possible?