Paul Lingenfelter on Federal unit records: Use of Student Unit Records Data to Improve Higher Education Outcomes

Paul Lingenfelter, former President of the State Higher Education Executive Officers provides historical context and perspective on the debate surrounding a Federal unit records system for higher education.

Individual Questions:
Framing the federal unit records system debate; why SHEEO supports this initiative (1:38)
Why Congress enacted a prohibition against a federal unit records system (1:03)
Opposing voices on unit records (3:06)
One advocate’s vision for a unit records system in a perfect world (1:18)
How advances in data collection and maintenance have informed progress on privacy issues (1:34)
The impact of trend toward greater transparency on the unit records debate (2:01)
Resistance to unit records at the state level (3:23)
But for the statutory prohibition on a federal unit records system, what would be the status on the topic (5:07)
Big ideas for higher education reform in the next HEA reauthorization (1:32)
Paul’s latest book project on the topic of student data: Proof, Policy and Practice, Understanding the Role of Evidence in Improving Education (1:06)

Podcast Intro and Exit music by Won (FLT RSK) / CC BY-NC 3.0 Produced in conjunction with the Average Guy Podcast Network

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