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February 26, 2008

Birmingham-Southern is highest ranked liberal arts college in Reader's Digest safety survey

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—According to a recently released survey by “Reader's Digest” magazine, Birmingham-Southern is the only institution of higher education in Alabama to receive an “A” for safety preparedness, and is ranked No. 9 in the nation in terms of safety readiness, making it the highest ranked national liberal arts college in America.

Birmingham-Southern was included in a survey of U.S. colleges and universities conducted by “Reader's Digest” for a special report on safety preparedness at colleges called “Safe at School?” The story appeared, in conjunction with the survey results, in the magazine's March issue which went on sale on newsstands Feb. 19.

According to “Reader's Digest,” the survey takes into consideration the many variables between campuses, including size and location. Each of the schools evaluated were given a grade of A, B or C, based on its readiness to handle on-campus threats to safety and security. The results reveal that many urban schools, like Birmingham-Southern, are deemed safer than colleges in smaller communities.

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