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2009: No Safety in Numbers

October 02, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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 It wasn’t that the federal Clery Act’s requirement that colleges file annual campus-crime reports didn’t produce results. The problem was that colleges’ interpretations of how to compile the data varied so much that, as one campus-safety official said, comparisons amounted to "apples and — I don’t even know. Apples and pork." What’s more, as The Chronicle reported, students and their families apparently paid little attention to the published reports. Administrators applauded the law’s requiring "timely warnings" of immediate threats, but as a tool to help students assess campus safety at given colleges, the Clery Act was found wanting.