Catawba College is cited as one of the “Safest Colleges in North Carolina” by BackgroundChecks.org in its annual "Safest Colleges in North Carolina" report for 2016 released in early October. Catawba is ranked 18th among 38 colleges in the state with the safest campuses.
To compile the report, BackgroundChecks.org combined data from recent Department of Education Reports, natural language analysis, social media sentiment analysis and their own research to create a ranking of the Safest Colleges in North Carolina. For the sake of this list, a “college” is considered any accredited public or private not-for-profit institution that offers four-year degree programs. Campus crime stats, graduation rates, and student retention rates were taken from U.S. Department of Education annual reports. Campus crime rates are based on the number of crimes per 1,000 residents. The complete research and article is available at http://backgroundchecks.org/38-safest-colleges-in-north-carolina-for-2016.html.
"It's a true testament to a great administration, strong leadership, student and community involvement,” said Jessica Pierce, a BackgroundChecks.org public safety analyst. "In a world full of bad news, it's great to have something positive for students, administration, and faculty, and it's something to be proud of."
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