SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Greenwood Hall, Inc. (OTCQB:ELRN), an education technology company that helps colleges and universities improve student engagement and outcomes, today announced it has entered into an agreement with the University of Oklahoma (OU) to provide the OU community with a Safe Campus solution. As part of the agreement, Greenwood Hall will provide a “Bias Hotline” - multimodal access point for students, faculty and staff to confidentially report incidents of discrimination, unsafe or unethical conduct. The hotline will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to members of the OU community as a centralized place for assistance in locating information, resources and policies related to diversity, inclusion and equity for all campus constituency groups.
“We developed Safe Campus at the urging of some of our long standing education partners who are committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and healthy learning environment. Incidents of discrimination, bullying, harassment, and misconduct continue to be serious issues on our college campuses. All too often, these incidents go unreported. Not only does this impact the safety and well-being of students but research suggests these issues can directly impact student success. Safe Campus provides a neutral, centralized, and safe medium for members of the campus community to report incidents and obtain help in rectifying concerns that impact the well-being of the entire community,” said Dr. John Hall, chairman and CEO of Greenwood Hall.
Commenting on the addition of Greenwood Hall’s Safe Campus service, University of Oklahoma Vice President for University Community Jabar Shumate said, “Prominently located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma’s Parrington Oval stands a 12-foot bronze sculpture of a Native American Indian holding a peace pipe. The inscription on the sculpture reads, ‘A university is a place where we should learn how to challenge and argue with each other without ceasing to love and respect each other.’ As vice president for the Office for University Community, my mission is to enhance OU's commitment to diversity and inclusion, recognize and respect the essential worth of each individual and value differences amongst groups. Since our work began in 2015, we’ve taken great measures to demonstrate our continued commitment to providing a diverse and inclusive community. The addition of Greenwood Hall’s Safe Campus service plays a critical role in our strategy to effectively respond to incidents of bias, while at the same time assisting students, faculty and staff at all 3 of our campuses locate University-sponsored diversity and inclusion resources. We’re excited to partner with Greenwood Hall, who has shown themselves to be both innovative and forward-thinking as they seek to meet the needs of today’s university campuses.”
Hall added, “We praise the efforts of Jabar Shumate and the University of Oklahoma’s Office for University Community, who are working to build a more inclusive community. Greenwood Hall is proud to provide our platform to advance the University of Oklahoma’s national leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion on campus.”
About the University of Oklahoma
Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a public research university in Norman, Oklahoma — a short hop (20 minutes) south of the state capital of Oklahoma City. OU’s Norman undergraduate population is just over 20,000, giving students a major university experience in a private college atmosphere. With three campuses in Oklahoma, OU also offers study abroad opportunities at several locations overseas.
About Greenwood Hall
Greenwood Hall is an education technology company that helps colleges and universities manage the student journey. Every Greenwood Hall solution is designed to increase revenue and improve student engagement as well as learning outcomes. Since 2006, Greenwood Hall has developed customized turnkey solutions that combine strategy, people, proven processes and robust technology to help schools effectively and efficiently improve student outcomes, as well as increase revenues and expand into new marketing channels, such as online learning. Greenwood Hall has served more than 50 education clients and over 70 degree programs.