November 19, 2012

April Graduation Deadline

As you work with students who plan to complete their degree requirements at the end of the Spring 2013 semester, please encourage them to submit their application for graduation before the December 1 deadline.  An e-mail reminder was sent out from the Registrar’s Office to all eligible students at the beginning of the month.

Information on the graduation application process can be found at: http://www.wmich.edu/registrar/graduation/index.html.

Please note, the April 2013 commencement ceremony will be held in University Arena.

Banner Upgrade

An upgrade to the Banner system is scheduled for the first weekend in February.  We will be moving to version 8.5.4. This upgrade provides fixes to some problems and keeps us current for support purposes. The changes most users will see are minimal. More information will be coming as we get closer to the upgrade weekend.

Working Reports

Just a reminder that Fall 2013 edits must be completed in Banner by the end of the day on Wednesday, November 21.

FERPA—the history behind it

FERPA is hopefully an acronym you are very familiar with.  What you may not know is some the history behind FERPA.  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was signed into law by President Ford on August 21, 1974 and became effective on November 19, 1974 (38 years ago today!).

FERPA was enacted as part of the General Education Provisions Act called the Protection of the Rights and Privacy of Parents and Students.  It is commonly referred to as the Buckley Amendment after its principal sponsor, Senator James Buckley of New York.   Senator James Buckley authored the bill because he was concerned with the misuse and of student records, particularly at the elementary and secondary level. Senator Buckley stated that his amendment would counter the growing trend toward "violation of confidentiality and abuse of personal data".

When the Department of Education was established in 1979, they took over the administration of FERPA.  To this day, the Department of Education is still responsible for overseeing FERPA and addressing violations.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 21—Thanksgiving recess starts at noon
  • Monday, November 26—Classes resume
  • Saturday, December 15--Commencement
  • Tuesday, Dec. 18—Final grades due at noon


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