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INSTITUTION DATA WILL BE CONFIDENTIAL.
Data submitted to IDEBP by members will be confidential. IDEBP staff will make reasonable efforts to ensure that no member’s identifying information—including, but not limited to, IPEDS ID, institution name, institution address, and contact information—will be associated with benchmark data except to member institutions themselves. Peer-comparison reports generated by the IDEBP will identify requesting members by institution name and will present accompanying benchmark data for peer institutions anonymously.
IDEBP staff will, from time to time, provide data to non-member institutions. When data are provided to non-members, only aggregate benchmark data will be provided; no institutional data or identifying information will be included. All requests for IDEBP data from non-members should be forwarded to IDEBP staff and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The IDEBP will make reasonable efforts to ensure that data it includes in its database and reports are accurate. It is expected that member institutions, on their part, will make reasonable efforts to ensure that their data are accurate, and they will avail themselves actively of opportunities to review their data and make corrections before data reporting deadlines.
Data, institutional and aggregate, and reports provided by the IDEBP are for use by member institutions. Member institutions agree that they will not allow access to institutional or aggregate data by unauthorized individuals to review, generate benchmark information, learn identities of member institutions, or make peer comparisons. IDEBP aggregate reports can be used by institutions to support institutional purposes, but full aggregate reports should not be posted to Web sites accessible to the general public or made otherwise available to non-member institutions or individuals.
This confidentiality and use policy is not intended to preclude publication of member institutions’ identifying information to verify participation in the IDEBP and to facilitate peer comparison. Neither is this policy statement intended to preclude publication or presentation of aggregate benchmark data for research and analytical purposes. Publication or presentation of aggregate data, whether for internal or external purposes, should be accompanied by explicit acknowledgement that the source of the data is the International Distance Education Benchmark Project. The IDEBP staff assume no responsibility for inferences and conclusions drawn from IDEBP data by others.