Academic journal article Atlantic Economic Journal

College Demand and the Campus Security Act of 1990

Academic journal article Atlantic Economic Journal

College Demand and the Campus Security Act of 1990

Article excerpt

The Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 was enacted by the 101st Congress and signed into law by President George Bush on November 8, 1990. Under the provisions of the act, all prospective students and employees are to be notified of the existence of a school's security disclosure document and are entitled to a copy upon request. Further, current students and employees are to be provided this information automatically. Now that schools are required to report criminal activities on campus, it is of interest whether criminal activity has any effect on the number of applications and number of new students attending colleges and universities.

Using data describing 33 randomly selected U.S. colleges from the 1994-95 academic year, this author relates the numbers of new applications and new students to various school characteristics including the number of sex, drug, burglary, and alcohol-related criminal violations reported through the act. Log-log estimation yields:

NUMAPPS = 1.14 + [0.20.sup.*] (FULLTIME) . [0.25.sup.**] (STUFAC) + [0.19.sup.*](TUITION)

+ [0.69.sup.*](GRAD) + [0.25.sup.*](SEX) + [0.06.sup.*] (BURGLARY) + 0.01(LIQUOR) + 0.06(DRUGS), and:

NUMNEW = [-2.22.sup.*] + [0.82.sup.*](FULLTIME) - 0.07(STUFAC) - [0.08.sup.**](TUITION) - 0.03(GRAD)

[-0.12.sup.*](SEX) - 0. …

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