Synchronizing a network to one time source immediately improves an education institution’s ability to authenticate and verify the creation and alteration of documents – critical for protecting student records. Synchronizing time across a network produces verified time stamps, on which the authenticity of digital signatures depends. The time stamp must be secure, accurate, and reliable—both for purposes of synchronization and to protect the confidentiality of student records. A GPS NTP time server is a simple network element to support compliance to FERPA and similar requirements