The Department of Higher Education (DHE) encourages you to use this form to make a public records request (PRR). This helps to ensure the most expeditious and accurate response to your request.
Written requests may also be delivered by hand, mail, email or fax (if available) or by telephone and orally in person to a Records Access Officer (RAO). Please note, however, that requests made orally or by telephone may not be the subject of an appeal.
The DHE has designated the following employee as the Primary RAO who will assist requesters in fulfilling their requests.
Ashley H. Wisneski, Primary RAO
Title: Assistant General Counsel
Business address: One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108
Business telephone number: (617) 994-6966
Business fax: (617) 727-0955
Business email: DHE.RAO@state.ma.us
Only questions pertaining to the PRR process or a PRR status should be sent to the email account of the Primary RAO. All other questions for the Department of Higher Education should be submitted using the general email form.
To help avoid delay in responses, please consider whether your public record request would more appropriately be directed to a specific institution. If you're looking for public college and university data, please visit the Data Center.
For records related to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which oversees the K-12 education system and adult basic education, educator preparation and licensure, charter schools, vocational-technical education, English language learner programs and more submit a public records request here.
The DHE does not hold student records for education verification. Please contact the institution directly for that information. Voice messages and emails that request education verifications will not be returned.
If you are looking for records from a closed degree-granting school, contact the successor institution listed here.
For all records relating to private business, correspondence, or trade schools, please contact the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Private Occupational Education, at (617) 727-5811 or visit the Division's website.
Below is a list of categories of public records maintained by the Department. These records may be subject to redaction if they contain information that may not be disclosed by law, is exempt under the public records law, or is subject to other legally applicable privileges.