Ranking: USF Sarasota-Manatee among America’s safest universities

_DSC_0649#172ASARASOTA, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2015) – USF Sarasota-Manatee is one of the nation’s safest universities, according to a ranking by home security company ADT.

ADTsecurity.com ranked USFSM No. 18 on a list of America’s 32 safest colleges and universities, http://www.adtsecurity.com/safest-colleges-in-america/.

“At USF Sarasota-Manatee our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” USFSM Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone said. “This ranking shows that we are an excellent option for high-quality higher education in a personal, safe learning environment.”

Michael Kessie, chief of campus police, said, “This survey shows that the cooperation and communication between the USFSM community and its police department is effective in keeping the campus safe.”

The ranking, which includes four other Florida colleges, is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. All postsecondary institutions that participate in federal student aid programs are required to provide information to the office’s database.

To calculate its so-called “Danger Scores,” ADTsecurity.com used a weighted system that assigns higher values to violent crimes compared with non-violent property crimes. Enrollment size also helped determine the scores.

Other Florida colleges making the list were Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Miami Dade College in Miami, Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth and Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne.