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Student records have become digitized and more technological tools are added to college campuses every day. At the same time, higher education institutions are expanding their use of “Big Data” technology. The use of statistical analyses to gain insights into complex issues faced by colleges and universities allows these institutions to explore new ways to support their students, manage their administration, and evaluate their programs. However, as education increasingly utilizes and is shaped by technology, privacy challenges can arise.

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The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) believes that there are critical improvements to learning that are enabled by data and technology, and that their use is not antithetical to protecting student privacy. In order to facilitate this balance, FPF equips and connects advocates, industry, policymakers, and practitioners with substantive practices, policies, and other solutions to address education privacy challenges.

Ongoing Projects:

  • FERPA|SHERPA:  FERPA|Sherpa: The Education Privacy Resource Center is a website that helps all education privacy stakeholders learn the basics, keep informed about the latest news, laws, and resources, and better communicate how to ensure education privacy while allowing for the good use of data and technology in education. It includes specific resource pages for K-12 officials, higher ed officials, parents, students, industry, and policymakers.
  • Working Groups: FPF runs a higher education privacy working group to explore privacy concerns related to data governance, predictive analytics, ethics, and data infrastructure in higher education. This group includes ed tech companies, education data advocates, academics, and practitioners.
  • Guidance to Postsecondary Advocates and Institutions: FPF provides advice, resources, and technical assistance on privacy challenges faced by higher education data advocates and postsecondary institutions. FPF works closely with the Postsecondary Data Collaborative, a coalition formed by the Institute of Higher Education Policy of 40 organizations advocating for high-quality postsecondary data to improve student outcomes.
  • Privacy Newsletter: FPF’s newsletter provides updates on current events, state and federal legislation, and new resources for subscribers.
  • Tracking State and Federal Legislation: FPF tracks, analyzes, and, as needed, provides comments on state and federal student privacy legislation. FPF members have access to our state legislation tracking sheet for each legislative year.
  • Student Privacy Bootcamps: FPF runs student privacy bootcamps through the U.S. for small and startup ed tech companies to provide training on US privacy laws, best practices, and advocates’ concerns.

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Want to learn more, join our newsletter or a working group, or become an FPF member? Contact Education Policy Counsel Amelia Vance at [email protected].

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What's Happening: Higher Ed

Future of Privacy Forum Welcomes New Leader for Student Data Privacy Program
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November 7, 2016 | Melanie Bates

Future of Privacy Forum Welcomes New Leader for Student Data Privacy Program

Washington, DC – Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) announced that Amelia Vance has joined the organization as Policy Counsel. Her portfolio includes student privacy for K-12 and Higher Education environments, and education technology initiatives. Vance leads FPF’s work to ensure the responsible use of student data and education technology in schools, helping educators with resources and information, and seeking inputs from all stakeholders to ensure students succeed.

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October 24, 2016 | Brenda Leong

FPF Commends New America’s Report on Predictive Analytics in Higher Education

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