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Student Behavior Risk Assessment

“The bottom line is that students are coming to college overwhelmed and more damaged that those of pervious years.” Levine, A., Cureton, J. S.; When Hope and Fear Collide, A Portrait of Today’s College Student. San Francisco: Josey-Bass,1998 p112.

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  • How well do you really know your students?
  • Is your school adequately preparing students for the social challenges they will really face in college?
  • Are your ideas about youth culture accurate?

Boarding schools track changes in technology and other rapidly changing sectors of society but seldom pay close attention to changes in youth behavior patterns.

Thomas Sherry & Associates provides a variety of services to help schools design effective residential and health education programs based on the challenges students actually face.

A comprehensive risk assessment, tailored to your school, will answers questions and provide insight your were not even looking for. These kinds of surveys can come with some political risk given the nature of some of the questions that are asked. Schools must prepare well in advance of the administration date. Faculty and parents need to be adequately informed and students need to be reassured that their answers are anonymous. This requires the planning, preparation and training that Thomas Sherry & Associates provides.

Schools have the opportunity to determine what kinds of information they would like to know about student behavior. However, the things we know to ask may not be the things schools really need to pay close attention to.  We have always suggested a broad based approach to survey questions in order to find those areas of concern schools are not even aware of. This kind of comprehensive survey provides information your school can use to customize its residential and health curriculum to meet specific needs and concerns of your students.

These kinds of in-depth surveys have not been conducted much in that past. We suspect this may be due to the implication and potential liability that comes with this kind of knowledge. In this day and age, however, when deaths and drop-out rates among colleges students are on the rise, we think that schools need to be more informed about the social life of students in order to better prepare them for the future.

Preparing your students for graduation is no longer enough. We think schools need to further prepare students for the challenges of life.

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