Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 11
February 26, 2014
In This Issue:

Commitments to Action on College Opportunity


As part of the Administration's efforts to increase college opportunity, the President and First Lady made a call to action, asking colleges and universities, nonprofits, foundations, businesses, state officials and other leaders to make new commitments to increase college opportunity. In response, the White House received commitments described in Commitments to Action on College Opportunity (The Executive Office of the President, January 2014).


Binge Drinking-United States, 2011: An Updated Chapter in the 2013 CDC's Health Disparities and Inequalities Report


On November 21, 2013, the CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report-United States, 2013, was released as a Supplement to the Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report (MMWR). The supplement included a chapter on binge drinking, which updated prior estimates of the prevalence, frequency, and intensity of binge drinking using data from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS). This is the second Health Disparities and Inequalities Report (the first report was published in 2011). In addition to binge drinking, the report examines health disparities related to many diseases, behavioral risk factors, environmental exposures, social determinants of health, and health-care access. 


Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

Mental Health Findings


This report presents results pertaining to mental health from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States aged 12 years old or older. This report presents national estimates of the prevalence of past year mental disorders and past year mental health service utilization for youths aged 12 to 17 and adults aged 18 or older.


The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project: ITC United States National Report. Findings from the Wave 1 to 8 Surveys (2002-2011)


This report (TC Project, February 2014) provides a detailed picture of the tobacco control landscape in the United States over the past decade using cohort survey data from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project). ITC Surveys have been conducted in more than 20 countries. However, this Report focuses on the findings of the ITC Wave 1 to 8 Surveys conducted among smokers in the U.S. between 2002 and 2010-11. 

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Armstrong, K., Watling, H., Buckley, L. (February 2014) Addictive Behaviors
White, A., Hingson, R. (2014) Alcohol Research, The Journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 
Kaukinen, C. (February 2014) Trauma, Violence & Abuse 
Banyard, V. L. (February 2014) Trauma, Violence & Abuse
Wilsnack, S. C., Wilsnack, R.W.(2014) Alcohol Research, The Journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Gidycz, C.A., Dardis, C.M (February 2014) Trauma, Violence & Abuse
Hingson, R. (2014) Alcohol Research, The Journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Sabina, C., Ho, L.Y. (February 2014) Trauma, Violence & Abuse 

Out & Greek Conference 

April 10-13, 2014, San Diego, CA


Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBT and ally college students and campus groups. The organization initiated its Lambda 10 Project in 1995 to create visibility and support of LGBT members of the college fraternity. The project works actively to develop resources and educational materials to educate on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience. The Out and Greek LGBT & Ally Conference is the only conference of its kind for LGBT and ally fraternity and sorority leaders to share, network and learn strategies to create safer, more LGBT inclusive fraternity and sorority communities. Learn more about Out & Greek


The IMS Learning Impact Leadership Institute

May 5-8, 2014, New Orleans, LA


The IMS Learning Impact Leadership Institute is a gathering of K-20 educational leaders, attracting senior administrators from colleges, universities, school districts, and state agencies, as well as senior executives from leading technology organizations, who are not only talking about change, but making change happen to usher in a new educational technology era. Learn about the Leadership Institute.


27th Annual NPN Prevention Research Conference

September 15-18, 2014, Hartford, CT


The National Prevention Network (NPN), a component group of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), is organizing the 27th Annual NPN Prevention Research Conference, which brings together State prevention directors with representatives in territories, jurisdictions and tribes. The conference program theme is "CONNECTing Healthy Communities through Prevention Research and Practice".  Learn more about the NPN Conference.


Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HUAC) 28th Annual Conference-Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success

October 4-6, 2014, Denver, CO


HACU's Annual Conference provides a forum for sharing of information and ideas for the best and most promising practices in the education of Hispanics. Two of the conference goals are to showcase successful, effective, and exemplary programs and initiatives of HACU member institutions and foster and identify graduate education opportunities for Hispanic students and graduates. Learn more about the HUAC conference.

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