Much has changed since February 18 when AACRAO hosted the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Education to discuss how colleges and universities could assist in the collection and distribution of information related to students on their campuses, and what FERPA implications need to be considered. As a result of the pandemic, the Census Bureau has suspended field operations and modified their efforts to ensure college students displaced from their dorms or off-campus housing because of the coronavirus are counted as living at school, an important consideration for federal benefits for the regions around campuses.
AACRAO once again partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to facilitate a webinar and provide updated information on the data collection timeline and procedures, as well as field operations. We encourage all institutions to work as close as possible with the U.S. Census Bureau and provide them the three most important items that they need from your Directory Information: your students' Name, Date of Birth and Address. All of these are available to provide under FERPA.
Thank you in advance.