Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 6
December 18 , 2013
In This Issue:
Financial Aid Toolkit

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the launch of an online "one-stop shop" aimed at guidance counselors and other advisers, such as staff or volunteers at community-based organizations, who assist students through the process of selecting and financing their higher education. The Financial Aid Toolkit, available at FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov, consolidates financial aid resources and content into a searchable online database, making it easy for individuals to quickly access the information they need to support their students.


Assessing Underserved Students' Engagement in High-Impact Practices  


Written for campus practitioners, Assessing Underserved Students' Engagement in High-Impact Practices (American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2013) develops a methodology to support purposeful and intentional study as well as equitable implementation of high-impact practices on the ground. One of the principal findings of the book concern equity-the "equity effects" that appear in students' reports of their learning as their success is boosted by HIPs; the equity-minded perspective that educators can nurture; the principles of inclusive excellence that can guide colleges and universities in providing a liberal education that offers not only equitable access to HIPs, but also equitable achievement of outcomes.


Party School: Crime, Campus, and Community


On the basis of extensive on-site research, Party School-Crime, Campus and Community (Northeastern University Press, 2013) offers a case study of crime victimization at an American "party school" that reverberates beyond a single campus. The author argues that today's party school-usually a large public university with a big sports program and an active Greek life-represents a unique environment that nurtures and rewards extreme drinking, which in turn increases the risks of victimization and normalizes bad behavior of students who are intoxicated.

Student Debt and the Class of 2012


Student Debt and the Class of 2012 (The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2013) is the eighth annual report on the cumulative student loan debt of recent graduates from four-year colleges. The analysis finds that the debt levels of students who graduate with loans continue to rise, with considerable variation among states as well as among colleges. Seven in 10 college seniors who graduated in 2012 had student loan debt, with an average of $29,400 for those with loans. The national share of seniors graduating with loans rose in recent years, from 68 percent in 2008 to 71 percent in 2012, while their debt at graduation increased by an average of six percent per year.  

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The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, December 12, 2013 


Beale, R. L., Heyliger, S.O., Wilson, K. & Evans, R. (December, 2013) Journal of the Academy of Business & Economics  


Hill, W., Woodward, L.S. (November/December, 2013) Journal of College Student Development

Integrating Emergency Management into Your Institution

January 13-14, 2014, National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD  


This course is an interactive workshop designed to assist minority and minority-serving institutions of higher education in establishing or enhancing Emergency Management (EM) courses or programs in their institutions. It addresses issues unique to them and begins the process of identifying and overcoming institutional roadblocks to increasing their schools' EM-related offerings.  Learn more about Integrating Emergency Management into Your Institution. 


Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, Quality, eQuality, and Opportunity: How Educational Opportunities Will Make - Or Break - America's Future

January 22-25, 2014, Washington, DC


In an era marked by interdependence, economic uncertainty, and disruptive innovation, the future is global and the challenges urgent. To flourish in such a future, students must acquire both broad knowledge and high level skills-essential capacities-to deal successfully with complex opportunities and unscripted problems. These goals determine quality standards for higher education. Learn more about the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting.


SAMHSA's Prevention Day

February 3, 2014, National Harbor, MD


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will convene its 10th annual Prevention Day in conjunction with CADCA's National Leadership Forum. Participants will learn about effective programs and the latest prevention-related developments in the areas of substance abuse and mental health, be able to network with other SAMHSA grantees and partners, and will have the opportunity to take part in workshops to enhance their strategic planning and to share experiences and information. Dr. Thomas A. Workman, a communications researcher and evaluator with more than 15 years of experience working with communities and institutions to address illegal and excessive consumption of substances by young adults through evidence-based environmental strategies, will serve as keynote speaker.  Learn more about SAMHSA's Prevention Day.


Advisor 'Bootcamp': LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors

July 15-20, 2014, Nashville, TN


The five day retreat is in coordination with Camp Pride and brings together LGBT student advisors and higher education staff who support LGBT youth from around the country. At the academy, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge, enhance your skills as well as collaborate with others who share your passion for advising and creating safer, more welcoming communities. Learn more about the LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors (aka Advisor BOOTCAMP)
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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