ERIC Number: ED408502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Security Is Not an Option--Learning in a Safe Environment. FEDA Paper.
FE Matters, v1 n19 1997
A study examined what further education colleges in Britain were doing about security and what they planned for the future. A literature search found that a PEST (Political/legal, Economic, Sociocultural, and Technological) analysis was one way to examine the differential impact of external influences. A PEST analysis offered a strategy for security that considered college environment, strategic capability, organizational culture, and stakeholders' expectations. The research was undertaken to help Barking College in greater London plan an organizational strategy on security. Questionnaires were sent to 225 colleges in southeast England, Greater London, and Essex; the response was 50 percent. Focus was on client requirements, organizational requirements, and security measures. Less formal "opportunistic interview" sessions were used to discover staff concerns. All 109 colleges taking part said they had experienced theft. Other security breaches mentioned were internal fights, muggings, drug dealing, physical attacks, vandalism, arson, aggression, and a bomb scare. One-third of colleges had had staff physically attacked; one-half had had students attacked. Most medium-to-large colleges employed specialist security staff. Two of five colleges had some form of restricted access. Implications of findings were organized into three categories: those pertaining to premises, procedures, and training. (Appendixes contain 14 references, instruments, and a map of location of colleges responding to questionnaire.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Alarm Systems, Campuses, Crime, Crime Prevention, Foreign Countries, Police School Relationship, Postsecondary Education, School Security, School Vandalism, Security Personnel, Stealing, Technical Institutes, Violence, Vocational Education
Further Education Development Agency, Publications Dept., Mendip Centre, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England, United Kingdom (6.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)