Obama Administration to Take on College Bullies

March 18, 2011 | By Thompson Education | Post a Comment

(This guest post was written by Erika Fitzpatrick.) Over the course of the last year, the White House has made anti-bullying programs in schools a priority, hosting a summit last spring and convening a conference March 11 with students, educators and nonprofit leaders. Although most of the efforts have targeted students in the K-12 environment, the Obama administration appears to be working to address bullying issues in higher education as well.

During a conference call with reporters on the same day as the March conference, Kevin Jennings, the U.S. Department of Education’s assistant deputy secretary and head of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, said his office will propose a new program this year to encourage the higher education community to address bullying and harassment. The new Healthy College Campuses program will have four priorities, he said, one of which will recognize colleges and universities that institute exemplary bullying and violence prevention programming.

“We’re trying very much to provide resources to institutions of higher education that are trying to address the issue of campus climate and also to highlight those that are doing a good job on it,” Jennings said.

Keep an eye out for more specifics!

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