Houma (La.) Courier Daily Comet on campus safety:

Sept. 3

Houma (La.) Courier Daily Comet on campus safety:

The safety of our local communities is just one of the many things that make our region so unique and such a great place to live.

It should come as no surprise that that safety extends to our local college campuses.

While it should surprise none of us, it is an excellent achievement and one that is confirmed by the numbers.

Both Fletcher Technical Community College and Nicholls State University are among the state’s 10 safest college campuses, according to a recent report by StateUniversity.com.

Fletcher came it at No. 2 on the list, and Nicholls State came in at No. 6 — among 44 state schools monitored.

That is something both schools can wear as a source of pride.

As importantly, they can use their impressive rankings as a recruiting tool, making the case to prospective students and their parents that they will be safe on campus if they choose to come here for college. ...

That is an excellent point.

The students at our local schools don’t have to spend unnecessary energy worrying unendingly about their safety.

At some state campuses, that is not the case.

Just going to the library or traveling from a dormitory to an off-campus workplace can be an extremely dangerous proposition.

Fortunately, around here, that worry and internal energy can be spent on the proper things — getting the most out of the college experience.

It is easy to sometimes take our special qualities of life for granted. So it is nice to be reminded periodically of how well we stack up compared to other state schools.

With that said, it is important that local students don’t lapse into laziness, assuming that all is well. They still have to take all the common-sense precautions their parents have preached to them since they started driving.

The difference here is that with those precautions, there is not the extra worry of a high crime rate.

Another good reason to give thanks for our area.



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