Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 8
January 15 , 2013
In This Issue:

Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

In 2006, Congress passed, and the President signed, the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act, Public Law 109-422. Among other provisions, the STOP Act formally established the ICCPUD and called for an annual Report to Congress to be submitted by the Secretary of HHS. This fifth Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking provides information on the nature and extent of the problem, and an overview of the federal government's response. It also includes data on 25 state underage drinking policies and laws, enforcement activities associated with those policies, prevention programs, and state expenditures for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 


Communication Between Health Professionals and Their Patients About Alcohol Use


CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (January 7, 2014) includes the report Vital Signs: Communication Between Health Professionals and Their Patients About Alcohol Use - 44 States and the District of Columbia, 2011 (December 2013), which finds that only one of six U.S. adults, including binge drinkers, reported ever discussing alcohol consumption with a health professional, despite public health efforts to increase alcohol and brief screening (ASBI) implementation. The report concludes that increased implementation of ASBI, including systems-level changes such as integration into electronic health records processes, might reduce excessive alcohol consumption and the harms related to it. Routine surveillance of ASBI by states and communities might support monitoring and increasing its implementation.

Investing in Success: Cost-Effective Strategies to Increase Student Success


This December 2013 publication, Investing in Success: Cost-Effective Strategies to Increase Student Success (American Association of Colleges and Universities), provides advice and planning tools to help educational leaders invest in high-impact practices, despite budget constraints. It presents ways to evaluate both the benefits and costs of high-impact practices, and strategies for investing in innovations. Building on research from the Access to Success initiative and the Delta Cost Project, the authors provide examples of campuses that have made wise investments developing or scaling particular practices, with positive results for student learning, graduation rates, and the bottom line. 

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California Assembly Creates Panel to Review Hate Crimes on Campuses

The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 9, 2014 


National Monitor, January 8, 2014


Colleges Revise Student Health Plans under Obamacare

The Columbus Dispatch, January 6, 2014


Young Adults 'Damage DNA' with Weekend Alcohol Consumption

Medical News Today, January 2, 2014


San Diego State University Joins College Bans on Smoking

KPBS, January 2, 2014


Insurance Costs to Fall for Many Students

The Boston Globe, January 2, 2014


National College Health Assessment Measuring Negative Alcohol-Related Consequences among College Students 

Foster, C., Caravelis, C., Kopak, A. (January, 2014)
American Journal of Public Health Research

College Drinking and Drug Use

Francis, D.R. (January, 2014) The National Bureau of Economic Research 


Energy Drinks and Alcohol: Links to Alcohol Behaviors and Consequences Across 56 Days

Patrick, M.E., Maggs, J.L. (December, 2013) Journal of Adolescent Health  


Webinar - Underage Drinking Laws: How Are We Doing and 

Where Are We Going?

January 23, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET


Underage Drinking Laws: How are we doing and where are we going? is a one-hour webinar hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC). Presenters will provide an overview of national efforts to address underage drinking using alcohol regulation systems. They will also share effective strategies and discuss how law enforcement agencies are adapting and expanding efforts to reach the broadest possible audience while building upon past enforcement practices. Register now for the Underage Drinking Laws webinar.


Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Policy, Practice, Privilege

March 27-29, 2014, Chicago, IL


The Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Policy, Practice, Privilege conference will focus on student success interventions that hold the most promise for first- generation students, low-income students, and students from groups that traditionally have been poorly served in higher education. With an explicit focus on "making excellence inclusive," the conference also will explore the role of diversity in student success, examining-through research studies and model programs-culturally attentive student support initiatives that help increase student persistence and educational practices that prepare all students to navigate a pluralistic world. Learn more about the Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Policy, Practice, Privilege conference.


Midwest Alcohol Policy Summit

April 1-3, 2014, Columbus, Ohio


The inaugural Midwest Alcohol Policy Summit will explore progress in advancing sound alcohol policies at the local, regional, and national levels. Legislative and community norms continue to shift and it is vital to provide decision makers at all levels with the most up-to-date and evidence-based resources. The summit will bring focus to the importance of alcohol policy reform as well as resources for making reform in your community. Learn more about the Midwest Alcohol Policy Summit.  


5th Annual QUEST: Males of Color Higher Education Conference Call for Proposals

April 10-11, 2014, Baltimore, MD


The theme for the 5th Annual QUEST conference is "Closing the Achievement Gap for Males of Color: Constructing the Pipeline from K-12 to Higher Education." Learn more about the 5th Annual QUEST conference. 


2014 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success 
June 17-21, 2014, Nashville, TN


The Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success is designed to help campuses and systems make institution-wide changes that benefit all students. It is ideal for institutions at various stages of work and addresses ambitious goals for improving both completion rates and the quality of student learning. Participant teams work on removing barriers to student success and devising integrative learning-centered plans. Highlighting the success of students who have historically been underserved, the program supports work to make excellence inclusive and to recognize and nurture the assets students bring to college. The Institute draws on research on how all students can benefit from high-impact practices, especially less-advantaged students, who often do not have equitable access to these practices. Learn more about the 2014 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.

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