Student Right-to-Know: Crime Statistics
This information is provided to all students, faculty, and staff of The University of West Alabama in compliance with the Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The information is provided for the purpose of assisting campus community members in reducing their risk of becoming a victim of crime while at UWA. Any questions regarding these statistics should be directed to the Campus Police at (205) 652-3602.
Student Right-to-Know: Graduation Rates
The Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-542) amended the Higher Education Act by imposing student consumer information requirements on all institutions and additional requirements on institutions that award athletically-related aid.
The student consumer requirements are separated into three categories: completion or graduation rates (in Title I of the Act); athletically-related aid (also in Title I of the Act), and campus crime (described in Title II of the Act).
In Title I of the Act, it states that effective July 1, 1993, all institutions must provide completion or graduation rates of full-time certificate or degree-seeking students. This disclosure is added to the statutory list of student consumer information that appears in section 668.43 and 668.44 of the General Provisions regulations.
In calculating this rate, a student is counted as a completion or graduation if, within 150 percent of the normal time, the student has either completed or graduated from the program or enrolled in any program of eligible institution for which the program provided substantial preparation. However, the completion or graduation rates of students who leave school to serve in the armed services, on official church missions, or with a recognized foreign aid service of the federal government may be excluded from the disclosures calculations.
Completion or graduation rates must cover the year ending on June 30 of the preceding year, and must be updated at least biennially.
The law also directs the Secretary of Education, in conjunction with the financial aid community, to analyze and report to Congress, the feasibility and desirability of additional consumer information such as:
- a breakdown of completion or graduation rates by school or academic division;
- pass rates on applicable licensure or certification examination; and, employment statistics.
Athletically-Related Aid Disclosures
The Student Right-to-Know Act imposes additional student consumer requirements for institutions that participate in any Title IV program and that are attended by students receiving athletically-related student aid. “Athletically-related student aid” means any scholarship, grant, or other form of financial assistance, the terms of which require the recipient to participate in a program of intercollegiate athletics.
Three sub-categories of statistics about receipt of athletically-related aid and graduation or completion rates for student-athletes must be disclosed. The required disclosures must be made to student-athletes themselves as well as their parents, guidance counselors, and coaches when the situation offers athletically-related student aid to a potential student-athlete.
- The institution must disclose the number of students at the institution, broken down by race and sex. It must also disclose the number of students who received athletically-related aid, broken down by sex and race, in the following sports:
- cross country/track; and,
- all other sports combined.
- The institution must give the completion or graduation rate for the students broken down by race and sex. It must also give completion or graduation rates for recipients of athletically-related student aid broken down by sex and race in the same sports listed above.
- The institution must disclose the average completion or graduation rates for its four most recent completing or graduating classes of students broken down by race and sex. It must also disclose this average rate for recipients of athletically-related aid, broken down by race and sex, in the same sports listed above.
The completion or graduation rates of students and student-athletes who leave school to serve in the armed service, on official church missions, or with a recognized foreign aid service of the federal government may be excluded from the reporting requirements.
The Secretary of Education is directed to waive the requirements for any institution that is a member of an athletic association or conference that has voluntary published completion or graduation rate data or has agreed to publish data that the Secretary finds substantially comparable to the information required by law.
Note: In comparing graduation rates it is very important to compare these rates to reliable benchmarks. The most reasonable comparison for UWA is other public and, more important, AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities) institutions. These are public institutions many of which are regional and similar in mission and study body composition to UWA. For both these figures UWA compares favorably to national rates. Graduation rates are based on these students who were unconditionally admitted.