Study Finds Few Colleges Believe Their Access Control Is Effective

Ingersoll Rand SecurityA study by Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Effective Management of Safe & Secure Openings & Identities, shows that 82 percent of public, private, and two-year colleges and universities believe they are not very effective at managing safe and secure openings or identities. Only 18 percent believe they are very effective at granting or denying access to appropriate individuals or knowing who goes where.

The five leading security concerns on college campuses are:

  1. Minimizing the occurrence of tailgating/piggy-backing.
  2. Maximizing the likelihood the students can comply with the intended access design.
  3. Maximizing real-time notification when problems occur.
  4. Minimizing the time it takes to lockdown a campus.
  5. Maximizing the ability to locate building occupants in an emergency.

In general, the study shows that access control on campus is evolving from the traditional security/product-oriented focus of the Facilities and Public Safety departments to the broader definition of the IT, One Card and Housing departments. Typically, campuses are in one camp or the other. Very few use both approaches simultaneously.

The study was conducted among more than 140 colleges and universities, including leading institutions such as the University of Michigan, MIT, UCLA and Columbia.

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