Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 9
January 29, 2013
In This Issue:

Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action


This January 2014 report, Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action from the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Office of the Vice President, analyzes the most recent, reliable data about rape and sexual assault in the United States. It identifies those most at risk of being victims of these crimes, examines the cost of this violence (both to survivors and our communities), and describes the response, too often inadequate, of the criminal justice system. The report catalogs steps this administration has taken to combat rape and sexual assault, and identifies areas for further action.  

The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress


A new Surgeon General's Report (SGR) on smoking and health, The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progressoffers new details about the dangers of smoking as well as strategies to curtail the tobacco use epidemic that still sickens and kills many Americans. The 2014 report comes out 50 years after the first SGR on smoking was released-a time when about 4 in 10 Americans smoked.


The High Cost of Excessive Drinking to States


Excessive alcohol use cost states a median of $2.9 billion in 2006, ranging from $420 million in North Dakota to $32 billion in California, according to a new CDC study . This means the median cost per state for each alcoholic drink consumed was about $1.91. Binge drinking-consuming 5 or more drinks on an occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on an occasion for women-was responsible for more than 70% of these costs.

Education Trust Higher Education Practice Guide


With growing concern for postsecondary degree attainment sweeping public discourse in state and national circles, the traditional emphasis on access and enrollment headcounts is expanding to include a keen interest in student progress and completion.


In many cases, though, conversations among policy experts are well ahead of conversations on college campuses. Too often, many still think it is enough to provide opportunity to students: what they do with that opportunity is up to them. Campus leaders who are struggling with how to get their faculties and staffs to make this transition don't have to make up the playbook for themselves. Around the country, there are colleges and universities that have already made the shift and have the improved outcomes data to validate it. In every case, these institutions have improved results markedly over a sustained period of time; almost all are graduating more of their students than peer institutions throughout the country. This January 2014 guide, Learning from High-Performing and Fast-Gaining Institutions, examines such practices at eight institutions. 
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The Lantern, January 22, 2014


Virtual Training Tool Targets Underage Drinking at Colleges

Digital Journal, January 21, 2014


State Higher Ed Budgets Rebound

Inside Higher ED, January 20, 2014 


Drug Use Common among NCAA Athletes

U.S. News University Connection, January 19, 2014


Student Success: College Sees 70 Percent Increase in Graduates Since 2009

Valley Morning Star, January 17, 2014


Athletes, Drugs and Entitlement

Inside Higher ED, January 16, 2014


Study Finds Troubling Relationship between Drinking, PTSD Symptoms in College Students

Science Daily, January 16, 2014


Hazing: Nasty Campus Initiations Continue

Deseret News, January 16, 2014


Smoking Patterns and Their Relationship to Drinking in First-Year College Students 

Hoeppner, B.B., Bidwell, L.C., Colby, S.M., & Barnett, N.P. (January 2014) Nicotine & Tobacco Research  


New Research Findings Since the 2007 Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking: A Review

Hingson, R. & White, A. (January 2014) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs


A Comparison of Deaf College Students' and Hard of Hearing College Students' Experiences and Risk Factors of Psychological and Physical Abuse

Williams, L., M. & Porter, J., L. (January-March 2014) Sage Open

Dardis, C.M., Dixon, K.J., Edwards, K.M. & Turchik, J.A. (January 2014) Trauma Violence & Abuse



Legal or Compliance Office: Do You Know the Difference? Does It Matter?  

The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12-1PM EDT


In today's highly regulated atmosphere, campuses across the nation are creating and expanding their compliance offices and increasing the number of lawyers in both compliance and legal. Many times, the compliance officers are licensed attorneys asked to write policy and procedure, research developments in the law and regulations, otherwise advise the institution, and even reside in the legal office. Join presenter Linda Rawles, both a licensed attorney and certified compliance officer, as she guides you through the differences and similarities in both offices and the pitfalls, challenges, and benefits that come with having both offices on campus. Learn more about Legal or Compliance Office: Do You Know the Difference? Does It Matter?


30th Anniversary IMPACT Conference
February 27 - March 2, 2014, Valparaiso, IN


The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action. Building on the rich 28-year tradition of the COOL Conference and the Idealist Campus Conference, IMPACT is the one time during the year when students, administrators, faculty, AmeriCorps members and VISTAs, and nonprofit professionals gather together to learn and share effective practices, improve personal skills and organizational strategies, discover opportunities and resources, exchange stories, be inspired and challenged to sustain our efforts. Learn more about the IMPACT Conference.


2014 California Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Educational Conference

April 3-4, 2014, Camarillo, CA


California State University Channel Islands (CI) invites you to attend the 2014 Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Educational Conference, which will be held on April 3 and 4 on the CI campus. This year's conference theme is "Forecasting the Future: Intervention Today, Prevention Tomorrow." To support emerging student needs and current system-wide efforts, the conference program is related to these themes: Aware, Awake, Alive at the CSU; Tobacco Prevention Initiatives and Education; Policies and Procedures to Support ATOD Prevention; Student-Involved ATOD Prevention; and ATOD Research and Innovation. Learn more about the 2014 Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Educational Conference.


Meeting of the Minds: Networking for Success in Prevention

April 3-5, 2014, Kansas City, MO


Meeting of the Minds is a regional conference dedicated to helping students and professionals network and learn more about effective prevention strategies and student health issues. Students and professionals working in peer education, prevention, student affairs, or law enforcement from colleges and universities in the five-state area are encouraged to present about their work at this conference. Learn more about Meeting of the Minds.


Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities

April 27-29, 2014, Nashville, TN


Drawing over 1,700 participants in 2013, Lifesavers is the premier national highway safety meeting in the United States dedicated to reducing the tragic toll of deaths and injuries on our nation's roadways. Each year, Lifesavers provides a forum for the presentation of proven countermeasures and initiatives that address today's critical highway safety problems. Lifesavers is a non-profit organization with no single sponsor and relies on the involvement of diverse private and public groups who share the common goal of improving highway safety. Learn more about the Lifesavers National Conference.


2014 NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference
June 12-14, 2014, Miami, FL

The 2014 NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Conference is a professional development opportunity to educate participants about the civic learning initiatives championed by the field of student affairs. The CLDE conference offers a variety of dynamic learning opportunities to enhance civic engagement work by student affairs practitioners. The CLDE conference is also supported by NASPA's Lead Initiativea project recognizing a network of 73 postsecondary institutions for their commitment to civic learning and democratic engagement. Learn more about the CLDE Conference.

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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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