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1974: Ferpa's Birth Puts College Administrators on Edge

January 31, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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Passage of the federal law that became known as Ferpa was major news in October. As the complex terms of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act became part of the fabric of campus operations over the years, its effect has been not so much to give students access to their records as to enable colleges to keep those records private. In other news (with a recent echo), “political interference in academic decisions” at the University of Texas was alleged in the firing of the president by the chancellor.