Administrators and faculty can – and should, data privacy advocates say – encourage students to better manage the personal data their institutions collect about them and why. A Student Voice survey by Inside higher education and College Pulse, presented by Kaplan, found that students are largely unaware of how much data their colleges have and how it can (or cannot) be used.
When asked about very specific data points that tend to be recorded, responses from 2,286 undergraduates from 120 colleges and universities surveyed reveal a lack of awareness. For example, only about half believe their institutions have information about the websites they visit when connected to campus Wi-Fi, the time spent in class through learning management systems, or the buildings they have accessed using a student card. About three in ten students don’t even think their institution collects basic data on enrollment status, such as whether they’re enrolled full-time or part-time.
Increasing students’ knowledge of data helps them understand the implications of using, selling, or knowing their personal information by business entities or potential employers, to name a few examples. In the event of a data breach, of course, identity theft can have a very direct impact on personal finances, and being aware of your data footprint can reduce the possibility of being affected by a breach.
Click on the infographic to learn four ways to engage students in better understanding and controlling their data.