University of Houston supplemental data request

Todd Feathers filed this request with the University Of Houston of Houston, TX.
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From: Todd Feathers

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

1) An up-to-date report from the university's Educational Advisory Board (EAB) system documenting undergraduate students' predicted risk scores, broken down in aggregate by the following categories:
- Race AND Major
- Race AND Gender AND Major
- Race AND GPA group
- Race AND Gender AND GPA group

The data should cover undergraduate students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester, as reflected in the attached document.

This data is stored in the university's EAB system as part of the Student Success Collaborative system and can easily be searched and compiled into reports, as demonstrated by the attached document, which the university provided in response to a recent freedom of information request. Please note that I am not requesting any personally identifying information, but rather aggregate data for the aforementioned groups.

I ask that all fees be waived as I am a journalist and I intend to use the requested records to publish articles in the public interest and not for any commercial purpose

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Todd Feathers

From: University Of Houston

Mr. Feathers,

The University is in receipt of your two messages below. The University seeks clarification regarding the scope of your request pursuant to Texas Government Code § 552.222(b) (the Texas Public Information Act). The University seeks to clarify whether these are two separate requests, as it appears that the second request contains the same terms as the first request. Please note the most up-to-date report information would include undergraduate students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester. If these are two separate requests, could you please clarify any distinctions?

Please simply respond to this e-mail to provide clarification that matches the scope of your request. The University is required to inform you that if you fail to respond to this e-mail seeking to clarify your request within 61 days, your request will be considered withdrawn.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Cecilia Alvarez
Assistant General Counsel
University of Houston System
4302 University Drive
Suite 311 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2028
Direct: (713) 743-6319
Fax: 713-743-9179

Notice: Unless otherwise specifically indicated, the information contained in this e-mail message is an attorney-client communication and/or attorney work product and is, therefore, intended only for the review and use of the above-named person(s). If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that the sender does not waive any privilege accorded to this information, and that the recipient is strictly prohibited from any use, storage, dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication. If you have received this email message in error, please immediately notify us by telephone at the number above and return the original message to us at the address above. Thank you.

From: Todd Feathers

Cecilia,

My apologies,

I submitted this request to you in duplicate when I intended to send it to another university. The request to University of Houston is only for:

1) An up-to-date report from the university's Educational Advisory Board (EAB) system documenting undergraduate students' predicted risk scores, broken down in aggregate by the following categories:
- Race AND Major
- Race AND Gender AND Major
- Race AND GPA group
- Race AND Gender AND GPA group

Thank you very much for catching that and letting me know!

Todd

From: University Of Houston

Mr. Feathers,

Please be advised that because your request includes information related to a third party’s proprietary interests, the University is prohibited from releasing the information until a decision has been rendered by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. A copy of the request for an opinion is enclosed.

Under the Texas Public Information Act, the Office of the Attorney General has 45 working days in which to issue a decision regarding the University of Houston’s request to protect documents. When our office receives a response from the Office of the Attorney General, then we will comply with the Attorney General’s instructions regarding whether to provide you with responsive documents.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Cecilia Alvarez
Assistant General Counsel
University of Houston System
4302 University Drive
Suite 311 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building
Houston, Texas 77204-2028
Direct: (713) 743-6319
Fax: 713-743-9179

Notice: Unless otherwise specifically indicated, the information contained in this e-mail message is an attorney-client communication and/or attorney work product and is, therefore, intended only for the review and use of the above-named person(s). If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that the sender does not waive any privilege accorded to this information, and that the recipient is strictly prohibited from any use, storage, dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication. If you have received this email message in error, please immediately notify us by telephone at the number above and return the original message to us at the address above. Thank you.

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