Building a Higher Education Org. Unit Structure

Determining the layout is the first step in designing an organizational unit (OU) structure. How should it look? Identifying the makeup of your faculty, staff, and students, how to handle HIPAA-sensitive data, and how to differentiate between active students vs. alums and those no longer active accounts will allow you to make better plans.

When you apply settings in the Admin console, you can apply those at the root or by specific OU. Being thoughtful in designing your structure lets you apply settings based on each OU's purpose.

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Video: Google Workspace OU Structure for Higher Education

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Note: It is important to note that you can't control the settings of shared drives by moving them to an OU.

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