Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 1
September 30, 2013
In This Issue:

October is National Bullying Prevention Month: Stop Bullying Among Young Adults

Behaviors that are traditionally considered bullying among school-aged youth often require new attention and strategies in young adults and college students. Many of these behaviors are considered crimes under state and federal law and may trigger serious consequences after the age of 18. Learn more about Bullying and Cyberbullying at Colleges and Universities.

President Obama Names New Leadership to the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
President Obama named two dynamic new leaders to head the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Dr. George Cooper will become the Initiative's Executive Director, and Dr. Ivory Toldson will serve as Deputy Director. Learn more.
Winners of Tech-Based Challenge to Prevent High-Risk Drinking Among College Students
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the three prizewinners for its Technology-based Products to Prevent High-risk Drinking among College Students Challenge. For the purpose of this Challenge, high-risk drinking was defined as those situations that may involve, but not be limited to: binge drinking (commonly defined as five or more drinks on any one occasion for males, four or more drinks for females); underage drinking; drinking and driving; situations when one's condition is already impaired by another cause, such as depression or emotional stress; and combining alcohol and medications, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, and antihistamines. High-risk drinking is widely prevalent on many college campuses. For example, according to the latest findings from SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 40.1 percent of full-time college students were binge drinkers.
Supporting Latino Community College Students: An Investment in Our Economic Future
Most Latino students who enroll in college begin at community colleges. This paper highlights how Excelencia in Education, Single Stop USA, and innovative community colleges across the country are making smart changes in their student services that are helping thousands of Latino students access millions of dollars in supports and services that can help keep them in college. Together, these organizations are helping Latino students succeed and are providing a path for policymakers and college leaders to follow that can result in millions of additional college graduates.
Best Practices: Creating an LGBT-Inclusive School Climate. A Teaching Tolerance Guide for School Leaders
Schools are places of learning and also miniature societies, whether it is a middle school, high school or college campus. The climate of a school has a direct impact on both how well students learn and how well they interact with their peers. Teachers and administrators work hard to make their classrooms welcoming places where each student feels included. But despite these efforts, students who are--or who are perceived to be--lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) continue to face a harsh reality. Studies have shown that creating a supportive environment for LGBT students improves educational outcomes for all students, not just those who may identify as LGBT. And remember, it's not about politics--it's about supporting students. These best practices were compiled to give school leaders the knowledge they need to create a climate in which their most vulnerable students feel safe and valued. Through inclusive policies and nurturing practices, administrators, counselors and teachers have the power to build an educational environment that is truly welcoming to all students.
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Princeton Looks to Enhance Campus Diversity
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education Weekly Bulletin, September 23, 2013 


College Drinking Spikes Among First-Semester Freshmen
Carroll County Times, September 22, 2013


Experts Weigh New Federal Law to Prevent Sexual Assaults on Campuses

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 19, 2013


Education Dept. to Convene Rule-Making Panel on Clery Act Changes

Chronicle of Higher Education, September 18, 2013

Nicholson, S.E. (September 2013) Higher Education in Review
Tarantino, K., McDonough, J., Hua, M. (Summer 2013) The Journal of Technology in Student Affairs
Jodoin, E.C., Robertson, J. (Spring 2013) New Directions for Student Services
Eckert, E. (January-February 2013) Facilities Manager
Conner, S.L., Daugherty, D.A., Gilmore, M.N. (2013) Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice

Academic and Student Affairs Leaders' Institute: Partnerships for Promising Practices in Student Success

January 16-17, 2014, Orlando, FL

Hosted by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Does your institution benefit from having a comprehensive and coherent plan for academic and student affairs partnerships designed to achieve student success? Building on the success of the 2012 inaugural Academic and Student Affairs Leaders' Institute, the Gardner Institute will host an encore gathering of faculty, academic leaders, student affairs leaders, and colleagues to explore the challenges in creating and maintaining partnerships that address the interconnected issues of student learning and retention. 

33rd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience
February 14-18, 2014, San Diego, CA

Organized by the National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience at the University of South Carolina

The Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience provides an ongoing forum where higher education professionals can share experiences, concerns, and accomplishments related to supporting student learning, development, and success in the first college year. The Call for Proposal deadline is October 11, 2013.
Depression on College Campuses Conference 

March 12-13, 2014, Ann Arbor, MI

Organized by the University of Michigan Depression Center

Join us for the 12th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about new research findings and model programs which demonstrate how a focus on improving student mental health can benefit student success in all areas of the college experience - emotionally, physically, socially, and academically - and allow students to achieve their full potential. Proposals are now being accepted for the 12th Annual University of Michigan Depression on College Campuses Conference. You are invited to submit proposals for workshops, concurrent sessions, and poster displays relating to the 2014 theme of "Fostering Student Success."

Learn more about the Depression on College Campuses Conference.

Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Policy, Practice, Privilege 
March 27-29, 2014, Chicago, IL
Organized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Network for Academic Renewal
Increasing student success has become a driving force for innovation, leadership, and change-both in terms of policy initiatives and on campus. But how well are our student success interventions working for those who most need them? How can we best combine initiatives that increase access and completion with initiatives that seek to empower all students with the knowledge and skills they need for success in the workplace and to contribute to the well-being of our pluralistic and global society?
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