Higher Education - Essential Records

The protection of essential records is one of the most important components of a systematic records management program.

All organizations have certain business operations that they must perform. Such business operations are characterized as mission-critical operations. Essential records are those that contain information that is essential to an organization's mission. If essential records are lost, damaged, destroyed, or otherwise rendered unavailable or unusable, mission critical operations will be curtailed or discontinued, resulting in adverse impact--and potentially damaging consequences--to an organization.

Examples of vital records in higher education include: