Thursday, April 18, 2013

Predicting student dangerousness

Can/higher ed predict which students will be dangerous on campus?  This study suggests, preliminarily, that the answer is no.  However more rigorous research with more variable needs to  be conducted.  Perhaps surprisingly, this study also notes:

"According to a national survey in 2010, more than 60 percent of colleges consider applicants' criminal histories in admissions decisions, but only half of those colleges have formal policies on how to do so, and only 38 percent of admissions staffs receive training on interpreting criminal records."

These kinds of sloppy policies and procedures only invite lawsuits.  Sometimes I wonder about the leadership at some of these places. 


  1. Although well intentioned, trying to predetermine from criminal records which students pose a physical threat borders on science fiction. If a potential student can be viewed as dangerous from such behavioral history, why are they being admitted? There's only one way to be truly proactive against aggravated assaults on campus, and that's allowing people to exercise their inherent right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

  2. I agree. Predicting dangrousness is always iffy. Just going by criminal reocrd alone is even more iffy. Allowing licensed concealed carry on campus might have some deterrent effect and allow defensive use that could shorten a criminal shooting spree