How long should we hold onto our student records?

Typically the institution will stipulate how many years student records should be kept.  The CAATE doesn’t require a certain time period, although it does state which records must be kept for students within your program (Standards 98-105, 2012 Professional Program Standards).  Programs should keep in mind their specific outcome measures and how those are measured.  For instance, if a program’s plan regarding a specific outcome states a specific timeframe for intended change or measurement, then the program would need to maintain student records for that time period to demonstrate plan effectiveness and outcome monitoring.