Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 14
April 9, 2014
In This Issue:

The Campus Pride Lil Purple Backpack


The Campus Pride Lil Purple Backpack Resource Guide is a 40-plus page, full-color, pocket-sized resource guide filled to the brim with exciting student organizing and social justice tips and tricks, how-to's and action guides for LGBT students, campus and community organizers, student organizations and staff and faculty. Published at the beginning of each academic year, the resource guide contains campus tools, features and teaching aids including: organizing tips for fundraising and event planning; brainstorming and student organization team-building tools; campus safety and inclusion check-lists; information about the Campus Pride Speaker's Bureau; and other unique resources tailor-made for college and university students and faculty working to make their campuses safer and more inclusive for LGBT students. 


Falling Out of the Lead: Following High Achievers Through High School and Beyond


This 2014 report from the Education Trust explores the experiences of these high-achieving students. It examine the trajectories of students who are high-achieving when they enter high school and document their success on key indicators of post-secondary readiness, including high school course-taking, performance on AP exams and college admissions tests (SAT/ACT), academic GPAs, and college enrollment patterns.


Examining the Status of Men of Color in California Community Colleges: Recommendations for State Policymakers


This report is from the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) is a project of San Diego State University (SDSU). Much of the research on these men indicates that disparate outcomes between boys and men of color, in comparison to their female and White counterparts, are a result of systemic and structural challenges that must be addressed through federal and state policy interventions. The purpose of this report is to document specific policy interventions that can be implemented in the state of California to improve outcomes for men of color in community colleges.

Keep It Social 


The Keep It Social website is part of a campaign created by student leaders in partnership with the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission and used at institutions of higher education across Nova Scotia. The website offers social norms challenging, alcohol education, and boundary setting. 

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Consensus on Campus Safety Rules

Inside Higher Ed, April 2, 2014


Yale to Face New Mandates under Clery Act

Yale Daily News, April 2, 2014


Changing the Face of Astronomy Research

National Public Radio, April 02, 2014


Dropping the Ball on Disabilities

Inside High Ed, April 2, 2014


UM Programs Drive Record Freshman Retention Rates

Hottytoddy.com, April 1, 2014


College Hopes to Improve Retention Rates through Changes to First Year Experience

The College Voice, April 1, 2014


Snapchat Grows Up: How College Officials Are Using the App

Time, March 31, 2014


Predicting Success

Inside High Ed, March 27, 2014


Scholars Highlight LGBTQ Challenges in College Environment

The Daily Targum, March 27, 2014


Research Finds Many Students Have Some Level of Alcohol Dependency, Few Seek Treatment

The BG News, March 27, 2014


At Night, Burgers Beat Beer

Inside Higher ED, March 27, 2014


Students See Many Slights as Racial 'Microaggressions'

The New York Times, March 21, 2014  


Dick, D.M. et al (March 2014) Frontiers in Genetics

Altered Neural Processing of the Need to Stop in Young Adults at Risk for Stimulant Dependence

Harl´┐Ż, K.M., Pradeep, S., Stewart, J.L., Tapert, S.F., Yu, A.J. & Paulus, M.P. 
(March 2014) The Journal of Neuroscience


Student Engagement Research in Higher Education: Questioning an Academic Orthodoxy

Zepke, N. (March 2014) Teaching in Higher Education

Civic Engagement and Organizational Learning Strategies for Student Success

Moore, T.L., Mendez, J.P. (March 2014) New Directions for Higher Education

Web-Based Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for University Students: A Randomized Trial

Kypri, K., Vater, T., Bowe, S.J., Saunders, J.B., Cunningham, J.A., Horton, N.J. & McCambridge, J. (March 2014)  Journal of American Medical Association 



Higher Education Law and Policy Webinars


The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University School of Law presents interdisciplinary conferences and special programs in areas affecting higher education law and policy. The following are the Center's April webinars.

Consumer Protection and Higher Ed: Six Liability Concerns
April 17, 2014, 2 - 3 PM EDT

Roughly every two seconds, a new civil lawsuit is filed in the United States, and a growing number of them are targeting colleges and universities. This increase in litigation is often attributed to the growing influence of student consumerism, with students trying to make sure their degrees are worth the debt they acquire in earning them. This webinar presents information on how to reduce your institution's legal risk with Consumer Protection and Higher Ed: Six Liability Concerns. Learn more about this webinar.    

Social Media in Higher Education: Legal Considerations 
April 30, 2014, 2 - 3 PM EDT

Social media options are proliferating. It seems like every week there is a new way to share ideas, images and other information. It's tricky enough to figure out how to use everything, and which platform is best for various kinds of communication.  Quite often, there is not enough time to carefully separate the particular facts from a great deal of information when it comes to social media. Social Media in Higher Education: Legal Considerations will cover current legal issues, smart frameworks, and best practices. Learn more about this webinar. 


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2014 Town Hall Meetings Higher Education Initiative


SAMHSA, Surgeon General Launch National Town Hall Meetings

April 11, 2014, 10 -11:45 AM EDT

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), along with the Office of the Surgeon General and the University of Maryland College Park, will hold a national launch of SAMHSA's 2014 Town Hall Meetings to prevent underage drinking.  Thousands of communities across the United States will hold events to educate people about the dangers of underage drinking and to involve people in proven prevention strategies. Speakers include:
Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., SAMHSA Administrator; Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H., Acting Surgeon General; Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Public Health; and Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems.  Register at:  www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/townhallmeetings/_SGreg/registration.aspx 


SUNY Orange Underage Drinking Town Hall Meeting

April 15, 2014, 10 - 12 PM EDT

SUNY Orange, Middletown, NY

SUNY Orange hosts a Town Hall meeting on underage drinking and how the community can assist in reducing the number of underage drinkers, with presentations by students of SUNY Orange and community representatives. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]


Maryville Partners in Prevention Town Hall Meeting


April 29, 2014, 6 - 8 PM CDT

Maryville Community Center, Maryville, MO

This campus and community assembly addressing underage/illegal drinking as a public health and safety problem is sponsored by Northwest Missouri State University and Missouri Collegiate Partners in Prevention. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]


Let's Prevent Underage Drinking Together

April 29, 2014, 10 - 2 PM EDT

Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

Roger Williams University Alcohol and Drug Task Force is convening this meeting to discuss solutions to underage and illegal drinking, held in cooperation with MADD, the  Portsmouth Prevention Coalition, Portsmouth Police, Bristol Police, and other campus and community stakeholders. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]


Jersey City Alliance - Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking


April 30, 2014, 6 - 8 PM EDT

New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ

This campus and community assembly addressing underage/illegal drinking as a public health and safety problem is sponsored by the Jersey City Alliance to Combat Alcoholism and Drug Abuse in partnership with the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services and New Jersey City University. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]

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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