Aimee Guidera and Mamie Voight on Federal Unit Records: Use of Student Unit Records Data to Improve Higher Education Outcomes

Aimee Guidera and Mamie Voight discuss their perspectives on the value and nuances of adopting a Federal unit record system.  In addition to issues that motivate interest, current status of data collection and challenges are addressed.  Contributors elaborated on infrastructure requirements and improvements possible without a Federal system.  Implications of non-adoption and evolution of the Congressional climate necessary for adoption were considered.

Individual Questions:
Issues that motivate interest in student data systems (2:37)
Organizational collaborations (1:11)
Data collection system objectives focused on decision making (1:05)
Comprehensive nature of data collected (:48)
Challenges in the use of student level data systems (7:17)
Possible uses of a Federal unit record system (3:38)
One example of a successful state-wide longitudinal data system helping to ensure more students are prepared for college (2:59)
Investments and processes necessary to support use of longitudinal systems (2:03)
Data use improvements possible short of implementing a Federal unit record system (5:39)
Usefulness of an information infrastructure to determine the value of educational investment (4:28)
Use of data to improve student success outcomes (1:55)
Privacy, security and the importance of adopting best practices (6:29)
Lost opportunities resulting from the federal ban on unit records (8:44)
Evolving congressional climate and possible future policy interest in collecting and linking data (5:44)
RHE’s complete interview with Aimee Guidera, President and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) (31:54)
RHE’s complete interview with Mamie Voight, Director of Policy Research at the Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP) (32:15)

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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