Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 15
April 23, 2014
In This Issue:

President Obama Issues Sexual Assault Prevention Proclamation


President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation acknowledging April as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.  In it, President Obama acknowledges the estimated 1 in 5 women who are sexually assaulted in college, and references the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.  The U.S. Department of Justice has also announced a university tour by administration officials to raise awareness of campus sexual assault.  Read the full proclamation on the White House website.


WWC Review of the Study "Are Tenure Track Professors Better Teachers?"


The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established in 2002 as an initiative of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education. It reviews research on the different programs, products, practices, and policies (referred to as "interventions") in education. Then, by focusing on the results from high-quality research, the WWC tries to answer the question, "What works in education?" Their goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions. 


In 2013, a research article was published based on a study that examined whether taking a course with a tenure track professor versus a non-tenure track professor for first-term freshman-level courses (e.g., introductory economics) had an impact on students' future enrollment and performance in classes in the same subject. Since the study received significant media attention, the WWC identified it for review.  Using WWC's standard review protocol for postsecondary topics, the WWC conducted a single study review and determined that the research described in the article meets WWC evidence standards with reservations. 


To access additional WWC products focused on postsecondary education, go here


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to stop sexual violence before it begins.  April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). 
The 2014 SAAM campaign helps to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.  The 2014 campaign provides tools on healthy adolescent sexuality and engaging youth. Learn more about understanding and preventing sexual violence on the CDC website, and learn how to promote a healthy foundation for relationships, health, and sexual violence prevention on the SAAM website.


SAMHSA's National Prevention Week 2014 

May 18-24, 2014


National Prevention Week is a SAMHSA-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. National Prevention Week 2014 is about Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future. SAMHSA will be highlighting the important role each of us has in maintaining a healthy life and ensuring a productive future. Learn more about National Prevention Week.


Cinco De Mayo 2014 Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Traffic Safety Marketing has made new Cinco de Mayo Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign materials available. Cinco de Mayo has become a big night out for many, particularly among young adults. But it is also a very dangerous night out because of alcohol-impaired drivers. Those celebrating should be sure to designate their sober driver in advance - before the festivities begin. Learn more about the campaign materials.


Contingent Commitments: Bringing Part-Time Faculty Into Focus


This special report (2014) is from the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin, Program in Higher Education

For the past three years, the Center has listened systematically to part-time faculty and their full-time colleagues, including faculty, staff, and administrators. This report, which draws in part on 32 focus groups with these individuals, aims to help colleges improve engagement with part-time faculty so more students have access to the experiences that will lead to success.


The Completion Agenda


"The Completion Agenda" is a free compilation of articles, in print-on-demand format, about the drive to increase the number of Americans with college credentials. The articles reflect challenges faced by colleges, and some of the key strategies they are adopting. Download the booklet here. This booklet is part of a series of such compilations that Inside Higher Ed is publishing on a range of topics.

For more news clips, visit Stay Connected on the NCSSLE website!


Just Say Yes? The Rise of 'Study Drugs' in College

CNN, April 17, 2014


FSU Objects to Report that School "Did Little" in Winston Case

CBS News, April 17, 2014


Is the Campus SaVE Act the Answer to Stopping Sexual Assault at UVA?

C-Ville, April 16, 2014

The Conversation: The Dark Power of Fraternities

The Atlantic, April 16 2014


Dartmouth President Calls for End to 'Extreme Behavior' that Mars Image of Elite College

The Washington Post, April 16, 2014


Campus Safety Rules Soon to Include Stalking, Domestic and Dating Violence

The Daily Illini, April 16, 2014 

The New York Times, April 16, 2014
The New York Times, April 13, 2014
Bloomberg, April 11, 2014
The New York Times, April 11, 2014
Shadick, R. & Akhter, S. (April 2014) Journal of College Student Psychotherapy


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


Student Engagement and College Unions 

Lane, T. & Perozzi, B. (Spring 2014) New Directions for Student Services


Mentorship Matters: Does Early Faculty Contact Lead to Quality Faculty Interaction? 
Fuentes, M.V., Alvarado, A.R., Berdan, J. & DeAngelo, L. (May 2014)

Research in Higher Education


Reducing Alcohol-Impaired Driving: Publicized Sobriety Checkpoint Programs

Community Preventive Services Task Force (April 2014)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




The Completion Agenda

April 28, 2014, 2-3 PM EDT

Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will conduct a free webinar to talk about the issues raised in the "The Completion Agenda" (see resources), a free compilation of articles, in print-on-demand format, about the drive to increase the number of Americans with college credentials. The articles reflect challenges faced by colleges, and some of the key strategies they are adopting. To register for the webinar, please click here.


American College Health Association 2014 Annual Meeting

May 27-31, 2014, San Antonio, TX

The ACHA 2014 annual meeting theme is Envisioning, Building, Achieving. The specific topic area for the meeting is The Imperative of Health in Higher Education, focusing on promotion of on-campus, student-centered health services as a necessity for learning, success, access and social justice. Conference participants will gather to identify and acknowledge the contributions of campus-based, student-centered health services to students' success; to elevate public health initiatives on college campuses; and to promote the contributions of campus-based health services to campus constituents. Learn more about the meeting here.

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


Mississippi State University Town Hall Meeting

April 29, 2014, 12-1PM CDT

Mississippi State University, Colvard Student Union Fowlkes Auditorium, 198 Lee Boulevard, MS State, MS


All town officials, law enforcement, college and school administration, the Mayor's youth council and interested university and community leaders are invited to participate in the Mississippi State University and Starkville community underage drinking prevention town hall meeting to be held at the Mississippi State University. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health will present facts, statistics, and issues in addressing underage drinking challenges. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]


Campus Community Coalition 2014 Spring Meeting - Impacts of Alcohol Privatization and Underage Drinking in Our Community

April 30, 2014, 4-6 PM PDT

St. Luke's Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA


The Campus Community Coalition is partnering with Western Washington University Prevention and Wellness Services, The Whatcom Prevention Coalition, the Whatcom Health Department and United Way of Whatcom County to host a spring town hall meeting. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]


Creek County Town Hall Meeting

April 30, 2014, 5:30-7:00 PM CDT

Sapulpa Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street, Sapulpa, OK


This underage drinking prevention event is sponsored by Creek County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force and Oklahoma State University. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]


Community Forum to Address High Risk Alcohol Behaviors

May 1, 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM CDT

Lane Public Library-Oxford, 5 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH


Welcoming remarks will be given by Oxford city manager and vice president of Miami University. A Miami researcher will share data about high risk alcohol use in community by Miami students. A representative from Cincinnati Coalition will discuss environmental strategies. The Oxford Coalition and Miami University Student and Community Relations Committee will give a Call to Action requesting community members get involved to continue dialog and support coalition efforts. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]


TIPS for Seniors

May 1, 2014, 9 AM-12 PM EDT

Texas A&M University-San Antonio Main Campus, One University Way, San Antonio,


As part of this event, high school seniors planning on attending college or university will participate in an alcohol abuse/underage drinking prevention workshop called TIPS (Training Intervention Procedures), have the opportunity to become TIPS certified, and develop a plan to make use of their certification as they go out into the college world. This event is sponsored by the Texas A&M University-San Antonio Student Counseling and Wellness Services. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]


Students to Students: A Conversation about Underage Drinking and College Students

May 13, 2014, 7-8 PM EDT

Drexel University, 3210 Chestnut Street, Conference Room D, Philadelphia, PA


Four undergraduate students will engage in a panel discussion on underage drinking, providing tips to reduce harm and risk, ideas for how to help a friend, and answering questions from a live audience. The panel will be broadcast live online and recorded for future use. This event is sponsored by Drexel University, CHOICES Center for Alcohol, Other Drug, and Health Education. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]


Morris Brown College Town Hall Meeting on Alcohol Abuse

May 14, 2014, 6:30-8 PM EDT

Morris Brown College, 643 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, NW, Atlanta, GA


Several professionals and recovering persons who have addressed this issue will provide guidance and substance to the town hall meeting participants. For more information, please see e-mail: [email protected]


Our Campus. Our Town. Our Future.

September 16, 2014, 6-8:00 PM EDT

Georgia College & State University Arts & Sciences Auditorium, West Montgomery Street, Milledgeville, GA


Georgia College will host a Town Hall Meeting about underage drinking prevention that is open to the public. High school students and their parents, as well as underage students, are invited to attend. Local restaurant owners and package store owners will also be invited to discuss this growing problem in Milledgeville. For more information, please see e-mail: [email protected]


North Dakota State University Town Hall Meeting

October 21, 2014, 7-8:30 PM CDT

NDSU Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, 1241 North University Drive, Fargo, ND


The North Dakota State University President's Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs will hold a town hall meeting to discuss the issue of high-risk drinking with community stakeholders, campus leaders, and elected officials. The facilitated discussion will include an overview of the problems associated with high-risk drinking in North Dakota and discussion of possible solutions to curb this problem. The council, represented by co-chairs Gene Taylor and Dr. Laura Oster-Aaland, will share milestones and gather feedback on its 2013-2018 strategic plan. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected]

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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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