Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 10
February 12, 2014
In This Issue:

Education in the State of the Union


In his fifth State of the Union address President Obama said, "We're working to redesign high schools and partner them with colleges and employers that offer the real-world education and hands-on training that can lead directly to a job and career.  We're shaking up our system of higher education to give parents more information, and colleges more incentives to offer better value, so that no middle-class kid is priced out of a college education."  This U.S. Department of Education bulletin summarizes the points made in President Obama's address, in which he reinforced the message that education plays an important role in our country.

Sexual Assault on College Campuses: Perceptions and Approaches of Campus Law Enforcement Officers


This report from the Crime Victims' Institute College of Criminal Justice Sam Houston State University presents results from a survey of a group of campus police officers in Texas regarding their perceptions and agency response to sexual assault as well as providing some insight regarding how sexual assault is perceived and handled by campus law enforcement agencies.


How College Works

Constrained by shrinking budgets, can colleges do more to improve the quality of education? And can students get more out of college without paying higher tuition? Authors Daniel Chambliss and Christopher Takacs conclude that the limited resources of colleges and students need not diminish the undergraduate experience. How College Works (Harvard University Press, February 2014) reveals the surprisingly decisive role that personal relationships play in determining a student's collegiate success, and puts forward a set of small, inexpensive interventions that yield substantial improvements in educational outcomes.


National Behavioral Health Monitor


SAMHSA's new report, the National Behavioral Health Barometer (Barometer), provides data about key indicators of behavioral health problems including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The Barometer shows this data at the national level, and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.   

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Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault

The New York Times, February 9, 2014 


Hazing Bill Would Make Penalties Far Harsher

The Diamondback, February 6, 2014


Duke Faculty, Students Comment on Obama's Task Force to Examine Sexual Assault

The Chronicle, February 5, 2014


Bill Aims to Increase Reports of Campus Sexual Violence

Carroll County Times, February 5, 2014.


Hard Times at Howard U.

The New York Times, February 4, 2014


Sex Assault Reports Up at Boston-Area Campuses

The Boston Globe, February 3, 2014


College Students Face Mental Health Issues Nationwide

Daily Tar Heel, February 3, 2014


Alcohol Tied to Domestic Violence on College Campuses

Philly.com, January 31, 2014 


Two Ways to Fix How Colleges Respond to Sexual Assault

The Atlantic, January 29, 2014


Research Finds Link between Alcohol Use, Not Pot, and Domestic Violence

Science Daily, January 27, 2014 


Predictors of Subgroups Based on Maximum Drinks per Occasion Over Six Years for 833 Adolescents and Young Adults in COGA

Schuckit, M.A., Smith, T. L., Danko, G.P., Bucholz, K.K., Agrawal, A., Dick, D.M., Nurnberger, Jr., J. I., Kramer, J., Hesselbrock, M., Saunders, G. & Hesselbrock, V. (January 2014) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs


Drinking Motives in the Prospective Prediction of Unique Alcohol-Related Consequences in College Students

Merrill, J.E., Wardell, J.D. & Read, J.P. (January 2014) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs


Description and Predictors of Positive and Negative Alcohol-Related Consequences in the First Year of College

Barnett, N.P., Clerkin, E.M., Wood, M., Monti, P.M., Tevyaw, T.O., Corriveau, D., Fingeret, A. & Kahler, C. W. (January 2014) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs


Risk and Protective Factors for Sexual Aggression and Dating Violence

Common Themes and Future Directions

Thompson, M.P. (January 2014) Trauma, Violence & Abuse

Campus Crime

Sloan, J.J. and Fisher, B.S. (January 2014) The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Barry, A.E., Stellefson, M.L., & Woolsey, C.L. (January 2014) Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy


National Minority Research Symposium on Tobacco & Addictions

May 14-15, 2014, Little Rock, AK


This conference serves as a platform for the exchange of best practices, knowledge and resources regarding the prevention of tobacco use and other addictive substances within minority communities. Learn more about the National Minority Research Symposium on Tobacco and Addictions


Connectivity through Service Learning & Civic Engagement

May 20-22, 2014, Scottsdale, AZ


This conference focuses on advancing programs and innovations that stimulate active participation of institutions in community engagement for the attainment of a vital citizenry. Keynote speakers and workshops presenters will share their knowledge, research, challenges and solutions on how they are developing and implementing successful leadership strategies at their educational institutions and in their communities to ensure development of the best leaders leading into the future. Learn more about Connectivity Through Service Learning & Civic Engagement.


Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum

May 27-30, 2014, Orlando, FL


The AIR Forum is the world's largest gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning and related postsecondary education fields. It includes more than 400 presentations by colleagues representing all sectors of higher education and an exhibit hall featuring the latest tools and resources to support data use for decision making. Learn more about the AIR Forum.


Northwest Alcohol Conference 

July 16-18, 2014, Boise, ID


This conference highlights community coalitions, police departments, schools, and prevention agencies working together to improve the quality of life in their communities through education, prevention, and enforcement. Learn more about the Northwest Alcohol Conference.

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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