Higher education data breach threatens how well policymakers can track student progress

Chalkbeat Colorado: A major data breach at the Colorado Department of Higher Education that compromised personal information for tens of thousands of current and former students has also prevented the department from viewing important data.

At least a half dozen reports that advocates and policymakers rely on are delayed, with no clear timeline for completion. That might seem like a minor hiccup compared to the student records breach, but the lack of data analysis creates a blind spot as lawmakers head into the next session.

Keystone Policy Center Senior Policy Director Van Schoales, whose organization helps provide solutions to contentious policy debates, said the data helps advocates frame issues such as low college attendance so they can urgently push for changes.

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