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President Roderick J. McDavis

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OHIO responds to Princeton Review's party school ranking


On Monday, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis sent an email to all faculty and staff responding to the Princeton Review's party school rankings.


Dear Faculty and Staff,

Earlier today the Princeton Review’s "Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition" was released.  In this edition, Ohio University was ranked as the #1 Party School. The rankings in the book are based on surveys of 122,000 students (average 325 per campus) at the 376 schools in the book during the 2010-11 and/or previous two school years.

This ranking is not indicative of the overall experience of OHIO students and does not match the data we have collected. We take seriously our responsibility to help our students succeed in all facets of their experience, including addressing high-risk behavior.

In the past five years, we have enacted programs and policy changes that have helped reduce instances of high-risk behavior at Ohio University, including a 49 percent decrease in alcohol-related judicial violations and an 8 percent decrease in self-reported high-risk drinking by our students.  

From before the time they enter as freshmen, we actively, frequently, and clearly voice our expectations to students, make them aware of the consequences for failing to meet those expectations, and provide education to help them make good decisions while they are at Ohio University.  We have teamed with colleges and universities across the country to tackle this issue, and while we have made progress, we will continue our efforts to further reduce high-risk behavior on our campus.

Ohio University students are among the best and brightest in the country, as evidenced by their campus engagement, academic achievements, and success after graduation. We are proud of the accomplishments of our students and alumni, and through your great work and commitment, we will continue to provide a student experience focused on academic achievement and healthy personal development.

Cordially,

Roderick J. McDavis
President