UofL outraged at release of student records


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville has learned that a local internet blog has printed incorrect information about a degree program and a student’s academic career.

    The university expressed its concern at the release of the records, which may violate the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

    “The University takes seriously its obligation to protect our students‘ records and privacy,” said University Provost Shirley Willihnganz. “We are outraged that anyone would violate that trust.”

    The program in question, the Bachelor of Science in Workforce Leadership, is offered through the university’s College of Education and Human Development. It is designed to allow mid- to advanced-career level working professionals to receive academic credit for their workplace learning experiences. In addition, students complete a program of core competencies with a concentration in workplace performance, career and technical education or executive development.

    Two hundred thirty eight students currently participate in the program.

    The degree program was created in response to a request from the Council on Postsecondary Education and has been praised by Greater Louisville Inc. and Kentuckiana Works as a model program that will help the commonwealth reach its 2020 goal of doubling the number of college graduates.

    “This program clearly benefits the community, which has asked us to develop programs that will help in workforce development. And it benefits hundreds of individuals who wish to further their education,” Willihnganz said.

    More information on the degree is available at: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/exec-perform.html.

    John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.