The University of Central Arkansas uses SafeColleges Training to increase compliance, prevention, and safety efforts within their community.
Located in Conway, Arkansas, the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is a nationally recognized leader for its continuous record of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. In 2019, UCA released an RFP to training vendors across the country to solicit the best solution for "online education courses for students, faculty, and staff" and selected Vector Solutions, the developers of the SafeColleges Training System, as the provider who best aligned with their vision and goals.
Selecting the Right Training Partner
UCA released an RFP in 2019 to find the right vendor who could "provide online education courses for the university's faculty, staff, and students." UCA needed an affordable and experienced employee and student training provider that could meet a comprehensive list of content and system requirements, which included:
Along with these system and content requirements, UCA wanted a training provider that had proven experience, could meet its needs and provide quality service to over 10,000 students and 600 employees.
Partnering with Vector Solutions
UCA chose Vector Solutions, the developers of the SafeColleges Training System, as the vendor that could help them surpass their compliance, safety, and prevention goals for employee and student training. Here are some of the reasons why they selected SafeColleges Training:
Charlotte Strickland notes three key areas that SafeColleges Training has solved for UCA:
Fostering a Compliance and Safety-Driven Culture for Faculty and Staff
UCA requires annual mandatory training for all employees, including student workers, which includes six courses: Diversity Awareness, Email Messaging Safety, FERPA, Minor Protection, Sexual Harassment: Staff-to-Staff, Sexual Misconduct and Title IX.
UCA faculty and staff are very pleased with SafeColleges' expert-authored content and find the scenarios are realistic and specific to higher education. A UCA Registrar even said, "The FERPA course content was the best she has ever seen and was very appreciative that it was being provided to UCA employees."
Since implementation, UCA has over 14,000 completions and utilizes the SafeColleges Training System campus-wide in a variety of ways:
UCA found SafeCollege Training's easy-to-use administrative features, specifically customization, email
notifications, reporting, and offline training reporting to be a huge benefit to their organization's training
needs. UCA even trains volunteers, who are non-UCA employees, through self-registration.
Encouraging Students to Talk About Complex Issues
UCA requires that all first-time students (undergraduate, graduate, and transfer) complete Sexual Violence Prevention Training, which is assigned based on student type. With the help of the SafeColleges training system, UCA is easily able to manage and mandate training by flagging non-compliant users.
Outside of compliance with the SaVE Act, UCA has noticed an increased discussion on campus between advisors and students about the course topics, which is a positive indicator to UCA that it's making students think about these complex issues. In addition, UCA has received positive feedback from athletes about the SafeColleges Training Sexual Violence Prevention Essentials course, which helps with NCAA requirements.
In addition to the SafeColleges Training Sexual Violence Prevention Training, UCA engages students with training through a variety of different departments:
We applaud the University of Central Arkansas, Charlotte Strickland, and many others for their commitment to building an even safer and more inclusive campus. We are honored to be their training partner.