Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 4
November 20, 2013
In This Issue:
Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act requires insurance groups that offer coverage for mental health or substance use disorders to provide the same level of benefits as they do for general medical treatment. On Friday, November 8, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a final rule to implement the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Additional information and resources about the final parity rule and the Affordable Care Act are available on this SAMHSA webpage.


The Great American Smokeout


The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is an annual event that encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking, or to plan in advance to quit smoking on the scheduled day of the event, in an effort to stop permanently. This year, the Smokeout will be held on November 21. Fifty years after the Surgeon General's Office released the first report on smoking and health, remarkable progress has been made. Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half. Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Quitting smoking is beneficial to health at any age and has immediate and long-term benefits. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully. Additional information and support to quit smoking is available by telephone (800-QUIT-NOW [800-784-8669]). Additional quit support and real stories of persons who have quit successfully are available on CDC's Tips from Former Smokers website

Association of American Colleges and Universities' 

Give Students a Compass Website


Give Students a Compass (2008-2011) helped institutions in three state systems - California State University System, Oregon University System, and the University of Wisconsin System - build capacity to support academic excellence for all students, emphasizing the success of students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The project took as a guiding framework the challenge of "making excellence inclusive" across all institutions of higher learning.


Campus Safety Challenges and Opportunities


On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the Clery Center for Security on Campus hosted its 2013 Proceeding In Partnership conference in San Antonio, Texas. Over 125 participants joined the Clery Center to dialogue with experts and each other about campus safety challenges and opportunities impacting higher education. For more information download the Proceeding In Partnership report.

Making Sure They Make It! Best Practices for Ensuring the Academic Success of First-Generation College Students


This new report  from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is accompanied by the launch of the CIC/Walmart College Success Awards website.  The report summarizes and analyzes the experiences of 50 colleges and universities that received substantial grants from CIC/Walmart Foundation to help strengthen exemplary programs that support the education of first-generation students. The website's main purpose is to help institutions of higher education that are interested in starting or improving programs and services for first-generation college students. 


Readiness and Emergency Management Webinars


The U.S. Department of Education's Readiness and Emergency Readiness for Schools Technical Assistance Center has posted a series of archived webinars and their associated resources to their website. The webinars address campus public safety, how positive school climate can enhance school safety, and incorporating the needs of international students into emergency planning and management.   

For more news clips, visit Stay Connected on the NCSSLE website!

Johns Hopkins Newsletter, November 15, 2013


Sexual Violence Prevention Takes Community Approach

Cornell Chronicle, November 12, 2013

NBC News, November 8, 2013 

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, November 8, 2013


Mixing Caffeine, Alcohol Common for Underage Drinkers

Reuters, November 8, 2013

Ward, R.M.,  Bonar, R. N., Taylor, E. A., Witmer, K. A.,  Brinkman, C. S.,  Cleveland, M.  J., Messman-Moore, T. L. (November, 2013)  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs


The Actively Caring for People Movement at Virginia Tech and Beyond: Cultivating Compassion and Relationships in Residence Halls

McCarty, S.M, Mullins, T.G., Geller, E.S., Shushok, F. (November 2013)

Journal of College and Character


Review of Teaching Civic Engagement: From Student to Active Citizen McClellan, E.F. (2013)  
Journal of Political Science Education

Campus Pride Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance Webinar

November 20, 2013, 4:30 - 5:30pm EST


Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) commemorates lives taken as a result of transphobia and brings visibility to the continued violence endured by the transgender community. Please join Campus Pride for a free 45-minute webinar to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20, 2013. The webinar will include a panel of national experts who will discuss challenges facing transgender youth today, key findings, and best practices for creating a supportive environment for transgender youth on college campuses. Participants in the webinar will take away specific action items and tips on how to improve support for transgender students. Learn more about the Transgender Day of Remembrance Webinar. 


Community Prevention Initiative Webinar: Prevention Primer - 

A Guide for New AOD Prevention Professionals

December 2, 2013, 2:00pm PDT (5:00pm EST)


This Prevention Orientation webinar will provide an overview of prevention basics covering key concepts, models, and strategies for the prevention field. Are you a new prevention coordinator, or new to a program implementing Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) funded initiatives? Not sure what some of the acronyms that you keep hearing mean? Learn more about the  Prevention Primer Webinar.  


33rd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience

February 15-18, 2014, San Diego, CA


The 33rd 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 year of college. There will be high-quality concurrent sessions, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions.  Proposals are invited on topics addressing the myriad aspects of the first year of college. Learn more about the  33rd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience. 


The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Annual Conference 

June 20 - 24, 2014, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Conference will feature a variety of educational workshops, general sessions, and exhibits with products and services for the campus public safety community, awards and recognition, and special events. The Conference also provides unparalleled opportunities for campus public safety leaders to network and share best practices and ideas with their colleagues. The 2013 conference had nearly 400 campus public safety leaders and 110 exhibitors in attendance. Learn more about IACLEA's Annual Conference & Exposition.    
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 federal partner agencies and organizations, 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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