Recently, FindTheBest.com ranked HBCU Alabama A&M University No. 2 in the country on a list of Top of 25 Dangerous College Campuses. According to the website, this list was compiled based on data from the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Data crime database. University President Andrew Hugine caught wind of the list, pointed out the discrepancies in the reporting and threatened to take legal action in an open letter on the Alabama A&M website.
“At the outset, let me say emphatically that the report is inaccurate, misleading, headline sensationalism and based on a flawed methodology…With respect to Alabama A&M University, where violent crimes as reported by the FBI and to the Office of Postsecondary Education’s Campus Safety and Security, we would have only 6 or 4% for 2013. If all criminal offenses as included in the CLERY ACT report were used, there would have been a total of 23 incidents. Clearly, based on the facts and the manner in which the data should have been reported, Alabama A&M University is not among the most dangerous in the nation. The crime report for the university is found at website address: http://ope.ed.gov/security/Index.aspx..Further, the University intends to pursue all options, including legal, to insure that the University’s brand is protected and secured.”
View the whole letter on the Alabama A&M University website.
FindTheBest.com revised the list on February 18th and issued an apology to Alabama A&M University.
“We’ve identified an error in the analysis of the data used in this report, which resulted in an incorrect ranking of dangerous colleges in the United States. We are currently working on an updated analysis, which will result in a new ranking and clarification of our methodology.”
Another Alabama HBCU, Oakland University has now moved up into the spot for the 25th most dangerous campus in the country. Oakland University also rejects the list and published a letter on the Oakland University website stating FindTheBest.com “sensationalized ratings for higher education institutions based upon unscientific analysis and inaccurate information.”