Here are a few relevant articles re open data and education.
There are many potential benefits of open data for higher education. First, it can help prospective students and their parents
better understand the value of different degree programs.
Second, open data can aid
better fiscal oversight and accountability of university operations.
Third, open data can be a
valuable resource for producing innovations that make universities a better place to work and study. Large campuses are basically small cities, and many cities have found open data useful for improving public safety and optimizing transportation services.
Universities hold much untapped data: course catalogs, syllabi, bus schedules, campus menus, campus directories, faculty evaluations, etc. Creating portals to release these data sets and building application programming interfaces to access this information would give developers direct access to data that students, faculty, alumni and other stakeholders could use to
build apps and services to improve the college experience.
“Educational data mining should not be used to reinforce the existing ineffective forms of assessment, but to reimagine it completely".