Higher Education
Volume 1 / Issue 3
September 18, 2013
In This Issue:

2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has released their annual "National Survey on Drug Use and Health(NSDUH). The report shows a decrease in levels of prescription drug abuse among young adults. The rate of past month nonmedical use of prescription drugs among young adults aged 18 to 25 in 2012 was 5.3 percent - similar to rates in 2010 and 2011, but significantly lower than the rate from 2009 (6.4 percent). The SAMHSA report also found that the rates of past month drinking, binge drinking, and heavy drinking among underage adolescents aged 12 to 17 remained lower than their levels in 2002 and 2009. The percentage of people aged 12 and older who drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year in 2012 was 11.2 percent, significantly lower than the level in 2002 (14.2 percent) but similar to the rate in 2011 (11.1 percent).
Toolkit to Help Identify Steps to Address Mental Health Issues 

SAMHSA's "Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health" is designed to help those communities and individuals interested in holding a conversation about mental health, and includes three parts: an Information Brief, a Discussion Guide, and a Planning Guide. The toolkit will help communities and individuals start a conversation about mental health to help identify innovative and creative next steps to address the mental health needs of our nation.


Helping Our Student Veterans Succeed

Since the 2012 changes to the GI Bill, more student veterans than ever are pursuing higher education. This growing population brings valuable skills and assets to our campus communities but, sometimes, they face unique challenges as they transition from service or combat into college life. The Jed Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation have partnered to create a training tool, "Understanding and Supporting the Emotional Health of Student Veterans," that helps campus health professionals best understand the student veteran perspective, engage with them on campus, and provide the resources and support they need to succeed. Thanks to funding from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the training and CE/CME credits are offered at no charge. 

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USA TodaySeptember 10, 2013

U.S. Awards Grant to Create Campus Public Safety Center
Inside Higher Ed, September 5, 2013


Shaping a Drinking Culture on Yale's Campus

Yale Daily News, September 6, 2013



Navigating the Boundaries of the Scholarship of Engagement at a Regional Comprehensive University

Cruz, L., Ellern, G. D., Ford, G., Moss, H., White, B.J. (March 2013) 

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

Lopez, J. D. (July, 2013) Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

Dykes-Anderson, M. (August, 2013)  Community College Journal

Kronick, R.F. and Cunningham, R.B. (June, 2013)  

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement


BACCHUS Network General Assembly

November 14-17, 2013, Reston, VA


The General Assembly is a unique opportunity for hundreds of peer educators and peer education program advisors to gather, share ideas, develop new programs and really come to understand the amazing power of peer education. This year's theme - B AMAZING - capitalizes not only on peer education's strength to make change for the campus environment, but also on our continued efforts to market, promote and advertise the amazing-ness of our roles.

Learn more about the BACCHUS Network General Assembly.


NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education - Multicultural Institute 
December 5-7, Las Vegas, NV

The NASPA Multicultural Institute will provide an interactive forum combining thought-provoking keynote speakers, challenging educational sessions, and opportunities for resource and idea sharing between multicultural educators across the academy including academic affairs. Institute participants will engage in a multitude of topics related to multiculturalism, intercultural competency, cross-culturalism and social justice by focusing on race and ethnicity; sexual orientation; sex, gender, and gender identity; ability, nationality; religion and spirituality; and socioeconomic class.

About NCSSLE's Higher Education e-Digest

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments Higher Education e-Digest addresses campus and community engagement, health, safety, and security. Regular contents include news from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (DHHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other partner agencies, salient research summaries, examples of effective field practices, announcements submitted by IHEs and other subscribers, and relevant upcoming events. The Higher Education e-Digest also highlights NCSSLE resources and the availability of ongoing services, including technical assistance, products, and tools. 

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