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TITLE: We’re Standing By Our Controversial List Of ‘America’s Most Dangerous Colleges’ Here’s Why
It seems all of Los Angeles is up in arms over the Most Dangerous Colleges list we published last week.
This list ranked colleges by the number of crimes committed on or near campus, as reported by the FBI.
UCLA and UC-Riverside, among others on the list, complained about our using data that was not limited to on-campus crime. The FBI crime data on which we based our ranking is compiled from crime data submitted by colleges across the country. Some colleges probably are more aggressive in reporting crimes on neighboring non-campus areas. And some colleges do not participate in the survey at all.
The schools that complained, including UCLA, demanded that we rank college crime instead by data compiled through the Clery Act, which can be sorted to count only crimes that occur on campus. Although looking only at crimes that occur on campus seems like a strangely limited perspective—students do, occasionally, venture off campus—we agreed to crunch the numbers based on this report.
Based on this alternate methodology, UCLA and UC-Riverside are once again among the 25 most dangerous colleges in America.
In fact, the new list contains many of the same schools as the original.
We take this to suggest that both lists are pretty good at identifying dangerous schools.
The methodology: We looked at Clery’s data for on-campus crimes from 2007-2009, the latest years for which complete data was available. Schools were ranked by violent crime per capita and by property crime per capita, counting murder/nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault for violent crimes, and burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson for property crimes. These rankings were combined with violent crime weighted four times higher to produce the final ranking. Our ranking based on the FBI data was similar, except that it looked at 2008-2011 and it also included the data on larcenies.
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I have no problem with this study, but there’s one additional piece of information that I’d like to have....Overall, how does “on campus” safety compare to “off campus” safety?
Atlanta - where the cost of living is going up, and the chance of living is going down.
You mean like this..
Let's at least know about it.. before waking up and finding out that the liberal PC crowd, et al and the Civil Rights industry have convinced the NCAA to make this a part of university athletics. It would definitely keep down the white attendance as part of the game is that the target has to be unsuspecting . . . .
Yes, I'm a racist because I mentioned that "sport" here.. currently this is mostly off-campus; but . . . .
Kutztown University’s appearence so high on the Cleary Act list suprises me. Demographically, Kutztown doesn’t present many problems. Maybe Kutztown U admits a lot of riff-raff (it’s a state school), but, still.
The education may be different than expected.
Florida State Tallahassee
NC Agricultural and Tech. State U.
Western Illinois U.
Cal State Fresno
N. Arizona U.
Southern Illinois U. Carbondale
U. of Cincinnati
LSU Baton Rouge
U. of S. Alabama
U. of New Mexico
San Diego State
New Mexico State
I would like to know how they define the college boundaries. University of Chicago has a LOT of “Chicago” between the Quadrangle and the farthest dorm. While Hyde Park is in better shape than the areas South and West, it is not without problems. I am alsop doubtful that campuses like Fordham’s would not make the list, unless, again, there is a narrow definition of what constitutes “campus”.
#11 Georgia Institute of Technology - Atlanta, GA. Well known by locals that the surrounding areas of GT are bleeding the criminal element onto campus.
#9 University of South Alabama - Mobile, AL. City population ~48% black.
#4 Duke University - Durham, NC. City has a record of racial strife. Recall the 2006 Duke lacrosse case.
#6 WIU in Macomb Il. Just down the road from me. I knew they’d make the top 10. I have had LEO freinds in Macomb and from what I hear the stats are low.
A target rich environment with a guarantee of it being a gun free zone. Add to it the likelihood of the victims resisting or fighting back is very low to non-existent, and these are the results you get.
Most of these kids on these campuses walk around with a thousand bucks of stuff in their possession, even more in their rooms.
UCLA more violent than USC? I thought the Trojan campus was in the middle of Compton or something. How is that possible?
An official at one of the schools on the list has noted that FBI has repeatedly warned against using its crime data to rank the safety of campuses. So Business Insider’s credibility takes a hit imo.
MIT is shocking. Massachusetts has very violent crime rates overall, and MIT is in majority non-Hispanic, white neighborhood of an affluent city (Cambridge). Most minorities are Asians... and you can guess why. There is easy access to affordable clubs and pubs in very wealthy neighborhoods. I can’t imagine where the crime comes from. Unless they’re counting MIT students’ pranks.
I’ll bet Southern Utah University is one of the safest. I’ve seen students openly carrying rifles on the campus—apparently to go hunting or on the way to do target practice.