EverFi’s Insights on the State of College Sexual Assault

No issue in higher education has garnered more attention and controversy in the past year than how to best safeguard students from sexual assault and abuse. However, there is still not even a consensus on the scope of this problem, particularly for incoming college students during their first few weeks on campus. Given the size of the higher education population that Everfi works with, our data provide a unique perspective into the attitudes and behaviors of this at risk group.  The findings are documented in a newly published report titled Sexual Victimization and Social Norms on the College Campus.

At the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, EverFi’s sexual assault education and prevention course, Haven, was provided to more than 530,000 students on over 400 college campuses across the United States. Sixty-six percent of these students were freshmen who were required to take the course prior to matriculating on campus.  Prior to receiving the course content, every student was presented with a survey to gather insights into their their attitudes, experiences, and behaviors related to sexual assault and relationship violence. The same survey was administered after a four- to six-week intersession once students had successfully completed the course, with 53% of our original student base responding to the same set of questions.

Based on the full pre-course sample of attitudinal and behavioral responses, students were found to fall into either a Healthy profile (65%) or an Unhealthy profile (35%). In addition to having substantially less positive responses to survey questions, students in the Unhealthy profile were more likely to indicate having pressured or forced someone into sexual contact without their explicit consent. These students also tended to engage in more high-risk alcohol use, were more likely to be younger, male, Greek members, and student athletes.

Students were asked if they had ever “been pressured or forced into sexual contact without their consent” with “Yes, before I arrived on campus”, “Yes, after I arrived on campus”, and “Yes, before and after I arrived on campus” as separate response options. In Table 1 in the full report, victimization rates before and/or after arriving on campus are broken down across several categories for male and female students. Special attention should be paid to the increased victimization rates among LGBQ students, Native American students, and both male and female transfer students. The unique value of this analysis comes not only from the vast sample size, but also from the focus on victimization during the first months following matriculation onto campus. It is notable that our data suggest that nearly 1 in every 30 first-year female students have indicated being victimized before taking their first midterm exam.

As seen in the Haven data, the majority of campus community members have overwhelmingly healthy and positive responses to sexual assault survey questions. These students ultimately have the greatest opportunity to create the safe campus communities they want to live in, but they often do not recognize that they are part of a healthy majority and are therefore less inclined to act on their healthy beliefs and values.

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 6.46.15 PMStudents were asked about their likelihood and comfort in intervening to prevent sexual and relationship violence, and respect for those who intervene and how they thought most students on their campus would respond. All students felt that they were drastically more likely to be an active bystander than their peers. These inaccurate perceptions of campus norms can present substantial barriers to bystander action and intervention. Comparing responses of students before and after taking Haven, students’ misperceptions of norms were reduced by 20-30%. This promising finding indicates that students were becoming more aware that positive bystander behavior is normative, acceptable, and encouraged on their campus.

EverFi continues to analyze the data we collect on student attitudes and behaviors towards sexual assault and relationship violence with the goal of helping campuses better understand the current student culture around this critically important topic.  For additional information or questions about this data, please contact EverFi’s Director of Research, Dr. Dan Zapp, Ph.D at dr.dan@everfi.com.

Los Angeles Lakers and EverFi Celebrate African-American History Month with Screening of Selma

lakers1In celebration of African-American History month, EverFi and the Los Angeles Lakers teamed up to honor graduates of a new digital course designed to expose students to the empowering stories of African-American history and to help them draw inspiration from the grit, intellect, and determination of the many remarkable women and men who shaped America. The Lakers have partnered with EverFi to provide this digital learning experience to Compton High School in Los Angeles. More than 300 Compton students have completed the online course to date.

To kick off African-American History Month, the Lakers invited these students to attend a special screening of the film Selma, a chronicle of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights through an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

The screening took place at Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles and included remarks from current Lakers forward Ed Davis and Lakers legend A.C. Green. The energy in the room was palpable as Green addressed the crowd of more than 150 students and encouraged them to work hard and stay focused on achieving their dreams as they sat down to watch this depiction of civil rights leaders working so hard to make that possible.

A.C. Green and Ed Davis both attended the screening and stayed after the event to take photos and chat with students. The Lakers also provided the school with warm-up shirts that were worn before games during last year’s African-American History Month.

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Check out more photos from this incredible event

Teachers and students alike from Compton High School were moved by the experience and the message of the movie. Here’s what a few of them had to say:

“I grew up in the 50s and 60s, so I experienced many of these racial issues and tensions,” said Compton High School English Teacher Bobette Phillips. “My students had no clue of the struggle that these people went through at that time. My students are so media focused, so it is great to show them in their preferred medium the truth of what happened.”

Tenth Grade Student Twanna Flowers told EverFi, “My understanding of racial inequality only included slavery, I didn’t know about the protests and struggles during the civil rights movement. There’s still work to be done, but I’m glad the majority of the fight is over and people have equal rights.”

 

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EverFi’s 306 – African American History™ course was developed in collaboration with Dr. Clayborne Carson, Professor of History and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. Through the use of EverFi’s technology and instructional design expertise, historical events in African-American history come to life using engaging digital media, personalized learning simulations, and robust assessment. The course’s capstone activity is a short analytical reflection essay that invites students to examine selected topics from the course.

“During Black History Month I typically have each of my students do a report on one leader from the African-American community, but the 306 course gives students the opportunity to get an in-depth look at so many different figures from government, business, sports, politics, and many other fields, said ROP Teacher Katherine Diggs. “That type of learning is really powerful for my students.”

Congratulations to the Winners of the Montana Bankers Financial Scholars Blog Contest!

In the fall of 2014, EverFi, the Montana Bankers Association and its member banks launched a statewide blog competition open to all Montana students who recently completed the Montana Bankers Financial Scholars program. We asked these students to share their thoughts on a variety of topics, including the impact that this financial education course has had on their lives and the decisions they’ll make going forward.  We also asked them to share the dreams they have for the future and how their newfound financial knowledge has shaped those plans. We’d like to extend a big thank you to all of the students who submitted blog entries in this contest — your stories were truly inspiring.

We are thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s contest, Emilie and Renata, each of whom received a $500 scholarship. Here are their stories:

Winner #1

EmilieSEmilie S.
Lima High School, MT
Sponsored by Montana Bankers Association and Pioneer Federal Savings & Loan

Becoming a photographer seems like an easy job to do. However, most people don’t realize that there are different kinds of photographers (landscape, portrait, black and white, wedding, medical, food, etc.) My dream is to become a well-known landscape photographer who displays her work in art galleries everywhere. Being a senior in high school this is a huge goal to try and accomplish. I have to learn about my finances and figure out how to manage myself on a long road of being a “starving artist”.

The Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan Financial Scholars program is helping me prepare myself for the crazy financial life I’m about to begin. This program showed me the basics of creating a savings/checking account, the power of interest, and different payment types that will keep me out of debt.

My parents opened a savings account for me around five years ago. At that point in my life I barely understood the concept of interest and what a savings account even was. I put the money I had from selling cows in my savings, which roughly added up to $3000 over the years. After going through this program I discovered that if every month I put money in my savings, my interest would help my money grow. Now after taking the advice from the Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan Financial Scholars program I have over $4,500 and that amount is growing every month. With this money I am gaining I can make the down payment on my brand new camera and still have enough to buy my books and supplies for college.

The dream of landscape photography will be a challenge, but with the Pioneer Federal Savings and Loan Financial Scholars program I feel ready to begin my new adventure. I’m on my way!

Winner #2

RenataRenata B.
Bozeman High School, MT
Sponsored by Montana Bankers Association and Big Sky Western Bank

Most likely one of the hardest things to do as a human being is to ask for someone else’s help; whether it be help fixing a bulb, writing a paper, or even worse things like personal matters, no one likes to admit that they are struggling. Unfortunately for modern America, more and more people are falling victim to the prideful stubbornness of not asking others about what to do with their money. I am not proud to admit that even I, a young high school student with minimal financial prowess, was ashamed to ask for monetary advice. The Big Sky Western Bank Financial Foundations program opened my eyes to a much broader perspective on how I should procure with my money management skills. From the insight on loans, credit, banking, saving, and even daily budgeting, this program has taught me more in one semester than I have learned throughout my entire life. I am currently employed at a local Veterinary clinic and could not be happier with my working atmosphere; however, before I signed up for the Big Sky Western Bank program, my paychecks didn’t stretch half as long as they should have.

My generation has been brainwashed into believing that we can simply rely on our parents and worry about saving later in life when we have a more stable career. This program dares that myth and challenges young people to start their life now instead of waiting for later. I am now saving 90% of my paycheck each month for college, directing the other 10% towards birthday and holiday gifts. I now actually enjoy saving and look forward to my bank statement! I sincerely hope that other people can experience the same change I did and that The Big Sky Western Bank Financial Foundations program can really make a difference in the present-day world.

 

Congratulations, Emilie and Renata!

 

January Student of the Month Contest Winner

Today, EverFi is excited to announce the first winner of the EverFi Student of the Month contest. Students from across North America were asked to share what the lessons they learned upon completion of one of EverFi’s K-12 learning courses and how their recent certification has helped shaped their plans for the future. We are constantly inspired by the motivating stories that come out of our student network and we look forward to hearing many more throughout the next few months!

January Winner
Rosno W.
Hayes Center High School
Ann Fornoff’s Class

EverFi HS 3 ScreensThe EverFi program has made a huge impact on the decisions I will make moving forward in life and my future career. I now know there are many different things to consider when opening a checking, or savings account, like which one will best fit your financial goals. I also have a better understanding of the stock market because of the information learned from this financial literacy program. My behavior has been impacted by making me think twice before spending money on frivolous things, and to focus more on saving. I’ve realized how important it is to put away money early, and how setting aside just a few dollars a month can make a huge difference.

My future goal is to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and get a medical degree so that I can help people. EverFi has helped prepare me to achieve these goals by introducing me to the different types of loans, and interest I will accrue during this loan period. College is extremely expensive, and knowing how to handle my money will better prepare me for this next step in life.

It is important to me to have a solid understanding of my finances because I’ve witnessed a friend get their identity stolen. She didn’t take the proper precautionary steps to shred important documents and wasn’t prepared to answer questions the bank needed to correct the mistake. Going through this course, I know it’s important to check my credit score regularly to see if anything fishy is going on, and how to properly dispose of personal, financial information. Overall, this course has helped me become more responsibly, financially.

Future Goals Attends NHL Fan Fair

16159933478_c965f7ec88_oDuring the third week of January, the stars of the NHL flew into Columbus, OH for the 60th NHL All-Star Game.  As part of the festivities, the Greater Columbus Convention Center saw more action than usual – a lot more action…

Over 200,000 square feet of convention center greatness was transformed into a bass-thumping, light-strobing, interactive hockey wonderland that is the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Fan Fair event.  

Fan Fair is a 3-day hockey bonanza where fans of all ages can meet their favorite NHL mascots, take a picture with the Stanley Cup, test their shooting speed and accuracy, visit the hockey hall of fame exhibit, create a personalized hockey trading card, test their science-of-hockey knowledge by taking the Future Goals™ hockey quiz and much more…

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Hundreds of fans stopped by the Future Goals booth to take a Future Goals STEM interactive quiz and to meet hockey legends, Olympians Gigi Marvin and Brianne McLaughlin of the USA Women’s Hockey team and former Columbus Blue Jackets  NHL player, Jody Shelley.   Fan Fair had an incredible turnout and the Future Goals team was honored to have a presence at the event!

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Spotlight on Financial Education

CFPB and FSR Put National Spotlight on BB&T’s Financial Education Program

Organizations Unveil Joint Initiative to Promote Financial Education
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has joined forces with the Financial Services Roundtable in a nationwide public-private initiative to promote effective financial education. On January 28, FSR president and CEO Tim Pawlenty and CFPB director Richard Cordray joined top business leaders at a forum in Washington to formally unveil the program.

The group discussed ways they can work together to encourage adoption of financial education initiatives, especially in K-12 schools and in the workplace, and to protect older Americans from financial exploitation. The forum featured a panel of financial services CEOs who discussed the business case for financial education. Among them were EverFi partners Discover and BB&T.

Here’s what BB&T’s Chairman & CEO Kelly King had to say about their approach to financial education:

BB&T has partnered with EverFi to bring critical financial literacy education to more than 800 high schools across 11 states. The BB&T Financial Foundations Program has reached nearly 160,000 students since the program’s inception in 2010.

In December, BB&T launched an adult financial education program for all of its associates. This 90-minute interactive course covers critical topics such as saving, investing, planning for retirement, and financing higher education.

We are proud to partner with organizations like BB&T that are truly improving the economic well-being of the communities they serve.