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At the beginning of the year, EverFi released the 2017 Prevention and Compliance Report. The report provides Higher Education administrators with national benchmarking data, best practices, and trends in using technology to support prevention and compliance. The information in the report was based on a survey of almost 400 institutions of various types, sizes, and regions of the country.

While the report covered a huge amount of ground—including goals and challenges, most valued technology features, and online training trends—we realize that there are further insights to be gleaned from this rich survey data. This post will provide you with a richer perspective on these prevention and compliance priorities, so let’s dive in and take a look at the landscape for 2017.

Four-year institutions reported their highest priority for the year is to demonstrate impact and establish a strategic plan for prevention. Strategic planning is one of the Critical Processes outlined in the Campus Prevention Network’s comprehensive prevention framework. The strategic planning process allows administrators to take a step back and see the big picture by reviewing what has been done in the past, what is currently in place, identify what challenges exist, and make a plan for how to best address them. It is encouraging that so many institutions identified establishing a strategic plan to demonstrate impact as their number one priority for 2017. The development of a strategic plan to inform prevention programming and policies will better enable prevention work to meaningfully and measurably move forward.

Community and technical colleges reported the number one highest priority is meeting primary and ongoing Title IX and Clery Act training requirements. This is a very important priority as comprehensive, population-level training is a key compliance mandate of Title IX and Clery Act legislation, and a known best practice for prevention. Institutions need to make a good faith effort to reach all incoming students and new employees through primary prevention and awareness programs, with ongoing training sustained throughout each year. As part of this effort, schools are also required to cover certain subjects to ensure that students, staff, and faculty understand key concepts, policies, and resources, and are actively engaged in creating safer, healthier campus communities.

We did note some differences in prevention and compliance priorities across school sizes:

  • Small schools (less than 5,000 students) place higher priority on meeting primary and ongoing legislation requirements
  • Medium size schools (between 5,000 and 25,000 students) place higher priority on increasing the scope and outreach of their prevention training
  • Large schools (more than 25,000 students) place higher priority on increasing the prevention budget and developing new prevention programs

As 2017 is now well under way, I encourage all prevention professionals to take a step back and see how your institution is tracking towards your own prevention and compliance priorities.

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