Legal Considerations for Assessment and Institutional Research Leaders
New Directions for Institutional Research, Number 172
EDITORS NOTES 7
1. The Practices, Policies, and Legal Boundaries Framework in Assessment and Institutional Research 9
Chapter 1 offers a framework for using legal case precedents as a guideline for assessment and institutional research practices and policies.
2. An Update on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 25
Chapter 2 covers the historical contexts, recent developments, and common misconceptions of The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
3. The Legal Implications of Storing Student Data: Preparing for and Responding to Data Breaches 37
Chapter 3 outlines threats IR staff face to securely storing and managing data, offers advice on hiring third party vendors, and describes precautions and responses to data breaches.
4. A Primer on Employment and Intellectual Property Law: Legal Guidance for Supervisors of Assessment and Institutional Research Staff 49
Chapter 4 offers insights into employment, harassment, and intellectual property laws institutional research leaders may face in supervising staff members.
5. What Did You Know and When Did You Know It? Data s Potential for Institutional Legal Issues 61
Chapter 5 considers the extent to which knowledge of specific student performance or concerns creates an institutional liability.
6. The Evolving Nature of Higher Education Accreditation: Legal Considerations for Institutional Research Leaders 73
Chapter 6 reviews the purpose, history, and process of accreditation and provide possible developments in the future of how accreditation will be considered by courts.
7. When Does Institutional Research Rhetoric Create a Student Cause of Action? 85
Chapter 7 reflects upon ways in which data and rhetoric of assessment might create potential student causes of action.
8. The Value of Law in Assessment and Institutional Research 99
Chapter 8 synthesizes the concepts offered in the monograph and offers advice on enlisting the support of other colleagues to support effective institutional leadership.