Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 7
January 2 , 2013
In This Issue:
CDC's Vital Signs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's January 7, 2014 issue of Vital Signs will highlight alcohol screening and brief counseling as an effective clinical preventive service. Vital Signs is a CDC report that appears on the first Tuesday of each month as part of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, or MMWR. These monthly reports offer recent data and calls to action for important public health topics. The issue includes the Vital Signs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) article, a consumer fact sheet, and a CDC press release. 


Vital Signs Teleconference


On the second Tuesday of each month, a week after the Vital Signs report is released, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support holds an hour-long teleconference in a town hall format for state, tribal, local, and territorial health officials to talk about the Vital Signs topic. This will take place on January 14, 2014 from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern. More details will be available following the release of the next Vital Signs issue.

A Fresh Look at Student Engagement - NSSE Annual Results 2013


The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 2013 report, A Fresh Look at Student Engagement, presents information from the redesigned NSSE survey, administered for the first time in 2013. Results from nearly 335,000 first-year and senior students document aspects of the undergraduate experience that contribute to increases in student learning, retention, persistence, and completion. In the report, NSSE introduces 10 Engagement Indicators organized within four themes adapted from NSSE's former Benchmarks of Effective Educational Practice. The Engagement Indicators are used as a way to better understand variations in the undergraduate experience.


A Matter of Degrees: Engaging Practices, Engaging Students


The Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) report, A Matter of Degrees: Engaging Practices, Engaging Students, uses data from four surveys (Survey of Entering Student Engagement, Community College Survey of Student Engagement, the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, and the Community College Institutional Survey) to identify 12 key educational policies and practices with a high impact on student engagement in community colleges. The report provides colleges with a framework for examining their own practices and for discerning gaps between what students need and what the college provides.  


Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates
This second annual report Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates - Fall 2007 Cohort (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center) on national college completions rates continues to respond to the limitations of institution-based research by focusing on student-level data, tracking the completion of postsecondary certificates and degrees among first-time degree-seeking students who started their postsecondary education in fall 2007 and tracking their enrollments nationwide for six years, through the spring of 2013. The report also introduces an enhancement to the first Completions Report by including in the cohort students who entered college with prior experience in college-level courses through dual enrollment opportunities while still in high school.


Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) Resources
This webpage by Campus Pride features Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) Resources and includes a range of materials for LGBTQ students at HBCUs who face many different challenges than those at other colleges and universities. These resources highlight efforts involving HBCUs and concerns regarding the LGBTQ climate to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced on HBCU campuses and strategies to create further LGBTQ progress.
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Recent Death Highlights Public Health Issue of Suicide and Importance of Prevention

StateCollege.com, December 26, 2013


Families Adjust to Changing Roles with College Students Home for the Holidays

Telegram and Gazette, December 25, 2013


Freshmen Football Players Balance Stresses of College Life

The Washington Post, December 25, 2013


Fall Public Safety Figures Show Excessive Drinking Up, But Student Off-Campus Behavior Improving in Amherst

Daily Hampshire Gazette, December 21, 2013


University of Wyoming Weapons Policy Is Tight, with Few Exceptions

Laramie Boomerang, December 21, 2013


Making Campus Safe for All

Iowa Now, December 20, 2013


Media Binging on Reports of Women Drinking

Forbes, December 20, 2013


A Shared Vision: Aware Awake Alive and Cal Poly Work Together to Stop Alcohol Poisoning

Cal Poly Magazine, December 2013


Evaluating the Psychometric Properties of the AUDIT-C among College Students

Barry, A.E., Chaney, B.H., Stellefson, M. L., Dodd, V.  (December, 2013) Journal of Substance Use


Higher Education's Role in Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility: A Review of Existing Literature

Reason, R.D., Ryder, A.J., Kee, C. (Winter, 2013) New Directions for Higher Education


Alcohol Abuse Prevention Programs in College Students

Ickes, M.J.,Haider, T., Sharma, M. (December, 2013) Journal of Substance Use


Boston Medical Center  (November-December 2013)


Protective Behavioral Strategies and Negative Alcohol-Related Consequences among US College Fraternity and Sorority Members

Soule, E.K., Barnett, T.E., Moorhouse, M.D. (December 16, 2013) 

Journal of Substance Use


Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM

February 20-22, 2014, Washington, DC


The Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities. Learn more about Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).


2014 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit 
April 22-24, 2014, Atlanta, GA

The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state and federal agencies, business, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by Rx drug abuse. This type of collaboration is aimed at bringing solutions to this issue that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared a public health crisis in 2012. Learn more about the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit.


Society for Prevention Research 22nd Annual Meeting

May 27-30, 2014, Washington, DC


The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) envisions a wellness-oriented society in which evidenced-based programs and policies are continuously applied to improve the health and well-being of its citizens, fostering positive human development and citizens who lead productive lives, in caring relationships with others. The theme of this year's SPR Annual Meeting is "Comprehensive and Coordinated Prevention Systems: Building Partnerships and Transcending Boundaries." Learn more about the SPR Annual Meeting. 


2014 NCAA CHOICES Alcohol Education Grants


The NCAA CHOICES program provides funding for National College Athletic Association member institutions and conferences to integrate athletics into campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse. NCAA CHOICES projects must partner athletics with other campus departments in the development and implementation of effective alcohol-education projects. Learn more about the 2014 NCAA CHOICES grants.


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