WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EverFi, Inc., the education technology company that teaches, assesses, and certifies students in critical skills, today announced the national deployment of Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault™ at over 180 campuses nationwide where more than 300,000 students will become certified through Haven on a mandatory basis this academic year. This scale makes it one of the largest online courses and especially important in meeting federal requirements outlined by the Department of Education and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act).
With data from the National Institute of Justice showing that one in five college women (and one in 16 men) will experience some form of non-consensual sexual activity by college graduation, this topic presents an urgent challenge for campus leaders. As manifested by the increasing number of Title IX complaints at campuses across the nation, many higher education leaders are implementing campus wide programs that include both face-to-face programming and innovative digital learning, such as Haven, to provide all students with critical information required by new Federal legislation set to go into effect next year.
"The days of assuming you just need to educate a few bad actors on campus are over," said EverFi CEO Tom Davidson. "With other national institutions, such as the military, looking to higher education for cultural and programmatic answers to prevent and respond to sexual assault, we must use the power of technology to empower students and provide campus leaders with national best practices."
"Haven addresses sensitive, critical issues in a forthright yet engaging manner," said Michelle McLernon, Outreach Programming Coordinator at Southern Illinois University. "Furthermore, Haven is designed to collect data that will provide valuable information to enhance prevention strategies employed at our institution. With the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act as well as the passing of the Campus SaVE Act, Haven helps us fulfill key related requirements that institutions provide prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees."
Since 2008, over 700,000 students have been a part of our sexual assault prevention research and Haven beta development efforts," said EverFi Director of Research Dr. Todd Wyatt. "After taking the digital course, 86% of participants better understand that anyone can be a victim of sexual assault and 82% of students demonstrated the positive role they can play in its prevention.
Haven uses a tested population-level approach to educate all students on the issues associated with sexual assault and relationship violence, taking into account their personalized experiences. The course provides key definitions and statistics, reflective and personalized pathing, bystander skill and confidence-building strategies around real-life scenarios, signs of abuse, and situations that can be challenging or confusing regarding consent in their own relationships. In addition, EverFi's robust assessment engine and data insights inform campus leadership on additional and future programming decisions across campus.
On August 7th, EverFi will host a webinar, A Roadmap for Prevention: Navigating the Regulatory Landscape of Campus Sexual Assault. This webinar is designed for campus administrators, prevention practitioners, and safety officers, and will focus on the pressing challenges of sexual assault and relationship violence and best practices gathered from across the country.
About EverFi Inc.
EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying students in the critical skills they need for life. EverFi partners with more than 500 higher education institutions to bring its innovative learning platform to students across the country. In addition to Haven, EverFi produces two additional college critical skill digital courses. AlcoholEdu® for College, a web-based alcohol abuse prevention course that is used by more than 500 colleges and universities and by 33 percent of all incoming students to four-year colleges and universities in the United States each year. Transit - Financial Wellness™ empowers students with the skills to understand their finances and successfully transition into and out of the college experience. Some of America's leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EverFi investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Rethink Education, New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), and Tomorrow Ventures (the investment arm of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt). Learn more at www.everfi.com
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