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THE PRINCETON REVIEW'S WEB PROFILES OF 1,200 COLLEGES NOW INCLUDE LINKS TO SCHOOLS' CAMPUS SAFETY PAGES AND CLERY ACT REPORTS
NEW YORK, May 21, 2014 / — The Princeton Review – a leading provider of test preparation and college admission services for applicants and their advisors – has this month expanded the campus safety information it reports on its profiles of colleges on www.princetonreview.com.
The campus safety information appears on The Princeton Review's web profiles of more than 1,200 undergraduate colleges and is freely available. On the college profiles, the Company has added a "Campus Safety" section within the "Campus Life/Facilities" area of the school write-ups. From that section, users can click on urls that link directly to each school's website campus safety information page. There, users can access the school's Clery Act Report and for many of the schools, also download a pdf of the school's report.
A college's Clery Act Report provides annual information and statistics about crime on or near the school's campus, as well as information about fire-related statistics and safety protocols. All colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs are mandated by the federal government's landmark 1992 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (originally known as the Campus Security Act) (http://clerycenter.org/summary-jeanne-clery-act) to file such reports each October and to make them publicly available. These reports are widely regarded as the most comprehensive resources available for anyone seeking information about a college's campus security, crime, and fire-related data. Many schools' Clery Act Reports number more than 50 pages.
Since 2008, The Princeton Review has had a campus safety information page on its site at www.princetonreview.com/safety that the Company regularly updates with general advice and links to resources for students on safety issues. This is the first time the Company has posted school-specific resources on its site enabling users easily to access information on the colleges' websites about the school's safety information and Clery Act Reports.
Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior Vice President-Publisher, commented, "We know how important – and on some subjects: how challenging – it is for students and parents researching colleges to get information they need to choose the schools best for them. Over the 2013-14 academic year, as news reports of crime – including very disturbing reports of sexual assaults – on college campuses increased, we looked to ways we could responsibly collect and report information that would be helpful to the students, parents, and advisors we serve. We reached out to college administrators for urls to their campus safety and Clery Act Report pages. The majority of schools readily volleyed this information to us, and we are pleased to share these links on our site. As schools update their reports in October, we will update our site web pages accordingly."
Franek also saluted the initiatives underway since January by the White House Task Force To Protect Students From Sexual Assault and the resources the task force has made available at www.notalone.gov. "We greatly respect the work the Task Force has done to establish uniform and clear guidelines for colleges to conduct campus 'climate surveys' of their students on this topic, and the plans to refine these survey guidelines in the coming academic year."
For more than 20 years, in its annual "Best Colleges" guide, The Princeton Review has reported 62 categories of "top 20 colleges" ranking lists (www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings). All of the annual ranking lists in the guide are based entirely on how students attending the 378 schools in the book rated their colleges on matters from their financial aid awards to their school's career services. However, in the case of campus safety and sexual assault issues, the Company believes that quantitative metrics such as those provided in the Clery Report data, are much more valuable than rankings. The Princeton Review team is committed to providing the best resource information available to students and families.
The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.
The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation and college admission services company. Every year it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation, tutoring, and admissions services, its online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House LLC. The Company delivers its services via a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A. and Canada, and through its international franchises in 14 other countries. The Company also partners directly with school districts and non-governmental organizations to provide students with college readiness services including college selection, test preparation, financial aid advice, and admissions support. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA, and is privately held. For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com and www.facebook.com/ThePrincetonReview. Follow the Company's Twitter feed @ThePrincetonRev