Campus Units

Education, School of

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

6-22-2020

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Higher Education

Volume

91

Issue

7

First Page

1149

Last Page

1178

DOI

10.1080/00221546.2020.1770045

Abstract

The proliferation of information technology tools in higher education has resulted in an explosion of data about students and their contexts. Yet, current policies governing these data are limited in their usefulness for informing students, instructors, and administrators of their rights and responsibilities related to data use because they are based on antiquated conceptions of data and data systems. To understand how data privacy policies conceptualize and represent data, privacy, student agency, and institutional power, we conducted a policy discourse analysis of 151 university policy statements related to student information privacy and the responsible use of student data from 78 public and private post-secondary institutions in the U.S. Three common discourses emerged: educational records are static artifacts, privacy solutions are predicated upon institutional responsibility and student agency, and legitimate educational interest in data are institutionally defined and broadly applied. We explore the assumptions, biases, silences, and consequences of these discourses and offer counter- discourses to begin a foundation for the development of privacy policies in a new data age.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article published as Brown, Michael, and Carrie Klein. "Whose data? which rights? whose power? A policy discourse analysis of student privacy policy documents." The Journal of Higher Education 91, no. 7 (2020): 1149-1178. Posted with permission. See supplemental files at the bottom of the page for index.

Copyright Owner

The Ohio State University

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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