Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 13
March 26, 2014
In This Issue:
Obama Administration Takes Action to Protect Americans from Predatory, Poor-Performing Career Colleges

A March 14, 2014 press release from the U.S. Department of Education describes the Obama Administration's new steps to address growing concerns about burdensome student loan debt by requiring career colleges to do a better job of preparing students for gainful employment-or risk losing access to taxpayer-funded federal student aid. The proposed regulations released by the U.S. Department of Education will help to strengthen students' options for higher education by giving all career training programs an opportunity to improve, while stopping the flow of federal funding to the lowest-performing ones that fail to do so.


University of California Berkeley Campus Climate Project Final Report


The University has a long history of supporting initiatives that foster an inclusive living, learning, and working environment. A common recommendation offered by these initiatives was the need for a comprehensive tool that would provide campus climate metrics for students, faculty, staff, post-doctoral scholars, and trainees across the system. To that end, the University conducted a system-wide campus climate survey. The purpose of the survey was to gather a wide variety of data related to institutional climate, inclusion, and work-life issues so that the University is better informed about the living and working environments for students, faculty, staff, post-doctoral scholars, and trainees at the ten UC campuses as well as the Office of the President, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Based on the findings, each UC campus and the three locations will develop action plans and strategic initiatives to improve the overall campus climate.  Access the report here.

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National Data Signal College Success for Veterans

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 24, 2014


Sen. Patty Murray to Revive College Anti-Bullying Bill 

The Spokesman-Review, March 20, 2013


UC Survey Reveals Attitudes on Campus Diversity

SFGate, March 20, 2014


One-Fifth of Teens Say Designated Driver Can Drink, Use Drugs

Bloomberg News, March 18, 2014


'Bong-Smoking Elephant in the Room:' High Times Links Spike in College Applications to Legalization of Weed

The Gazette, March 18, 2014


University System of Georgia Board of Regents Bans Tobacco Use Beginning Oct. 1

The Augusta Chronicle, March 18, 2014


Texas Safety University App Provides Resources for Sexual Assault Victims

The Houstonian, March 18, 2014


Teens Often Copycat Others Who Drink and Drive: Study 

HealthDay, March 17, 2014


Michigan Stadium to Remain Dry

ESPN, March 17, 2014 


Sexual Behaviour and Interest in Using a Sexual Health Mobile App to Help Improve and Manage College Students' Sexual Health

Richman, A.R., Webb, M.C., Brinkley, J. & Martin, R.J. (March 2014)

Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning 


Does Self-Defense Training Prevent Sexual Violence Against Women?

Hollander, J.A. (March 2014) Violence Against Women


Trends in Medical Use, Diversion, and Nonmedical Use of Prescription Medications among College Students from 2003 to 2013: Connecting the Dots 

McCabe, S.E., West, B.T., Teter, C.J. & Boyd, C.J. (March 2014) 

Addictive Behaviors


A Mediational Model of Racial Discrimination and Alcohol-Related Problems Among African American College Students

Boynton, M.H., O'Hara, R.E., Covault, J., Scott, D. & Tennen, H. (March 2014) 

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs


A Mediation Model of Professional Psychological Help Seeking for Suicide Ideation among Asian American and White American College Students

Wong, J., Browson, C., Rutkowski, L., Nguyen, C. & Becker, M. (March 2014) 

Archives of Suicide Research




NASPA Webinar Series: Reducing Harms from High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses


Recharging Your Campus Efforts

April 1, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

Part 1 of the 5 part Reducing Harms from High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses webinar series will focus on reinvigorating your prevention efforts on campus and teach you how to reframe the debate as a public health issue.


Using the Improvement Model to Make Change

April 30, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT  
Part 2 of the 5 part Reducing Harms from High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses webinar series will focus on how participants can use the improvement model to lead change on their campus.


Preventing & Intervening at the Individual Student Level

May 6, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Part 3 of the 5 part Reducing Harms from High-Risk Drinking on College Campuses webinar series will focus on efforts to screen and intervene with students at risk for harms from risky drinking behaviors. Parts 4 and 5 are TBA.


2014 Survey of College and University Presidents

April 2, 2014, 12 PM EDT
Inside Higher Ed's 2014 Survey of College and University Presidents was conducted in conjunction with researchers from Gallup. Selected highlights of the survey findings include:
  • Half of campus leaders agree that President Obama's plan to collect and report data on college outcomes is appropriate - but just 13 percent are confident that the data will be accurately collected and reported.
  • Seven in 10 presidents believe that higher education institutions must improve how they respond to allegations of sexual assault on campus.
  • The majority of presidents (90 percent) say that generally speaking the state of race relations on their campus is good or excellent.
Join Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman for a discussion of the survey findings in this free webinar. Learn more about this webinar.

Our City is Our Campus: Alcohol in the Collegiate Environment

April 30, 2014, 9 AM - 1 PM EDT, Brooklyn, NY 


A town hall meeting discussion organized by The Partnership for a Healthier New York City (a collaboration of multiple NYC-area universities and NYC Health) will discuss alcohol in the college environment and strategies to reduce risk factors for sexual assault, suicide and accidental injury. Register for this free event here. Email info@healthiernyc.org with any questions.
2014 Association for Institutional Research Annual Forum

May 27-30, 2014, Orlando, FL


The Association for Institutional Research Forum is for higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning and related postsecondary education fields. This four-day conference 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 Forum. 

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