Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 17
May 21 , 2014
In This Issue:


Preventing Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Lessons from Research and Practice, Part One: Evidence-Based Strategies for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Perpetration


Prepared for the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, this Centers for Disease Control (CDC) document describes the best practices in developing, selecting, and implementing prevention strategies with the highest chance of successfully changing sexual violence in communities. A description of programs that work, programs that may work, and programs that don't work are also included. 


Using a Public Health and Quality Improvement Approach to Address High-Risk Drinking with 32 Colleges and Universities: White Paper


High-risk drinking (typified by four to five or more drinks in a sitting) is a dangerous and harmful behavior on college campuses that has continued relatively unabated at a rate of 40 percent over the past two decades. While the rate has remained stable, the levels of extreme drinking have intensified, with students eager to experience what they believe to be their expected rite of passage upon college matriculation. Recent studies corroborate the fact that only a third of colleges and universities have a systematic approach to reducing and preventing high-risk drinking by their students or using evidence-based strategies already known to reduce student drinking. 


To address this complex, age-old issue plaguing college campuses, 32 IHEs implemented a collaborative improvement model, a new approach, between 2011-2013 and achieved promising early results. The newly-released white paper and associated appendices document results from the National College Health Improvement Program Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking.

College and University Prevention Accreditation Program


The American Association of Suicidology recently launched their College and University Suicide Prevention Accreditation Program.  This professional development program is designed to help psychologists, social workers, counselors, and those dedicated to reducing the incidence of suicide and suicidal behaviors among today's college-age youth to build their knowledge and/or competencies to design and implement effective suicide prevention practices. Training topics include: best and evidence-based suicide prevention practices, risk factors and warning signs for college and university students, how to reintegrate a student after a suicide attempt, and more.  Participants can earn up to 10 continuing education credits.  For more information and to sign up click here.


Community-Campus Readiness: Approaches to Disaster Preparedness


The NYMAPS (New York Metro Area Partnership for Service-Learning) just released a report as a follow-up to its 5th Annual Symposium focused on Community-Campus Readiness: Approaches to Disaster Preparedness. The symposium was held on April 12, 2013 at Barnard College where over fifty participants convened to examine how to best empower community partners to be a strong voice in the planning process, mobilize campus resources, identify discipline-specific strategies for engaging students through service-learning courses, and support and supervise general student involvement. The report includes five selections that document campus responses to disaster throughout the eastern region of the United States, down to New Orleans, and as far as New Zealand.


National Survey on Student Engagement (NSSE) Newsletter


NSSE eNews is a free periodic electronic newsletter created to keep NSSE users and others informed about current project activities. The May 2014 issue includes the following topics:

  • New on NSSE Web Site: Scoring and Properties of Engagement Indicators and High-Impact Practices
  • New Comparison Data for Report Customization across Two Years
    High Praise from Change for Article from NSSE
  • Boston University's NSSE Promotion Yields High Response Rate
  • Holy Family University: Lunch-and-Learn Sessions Communicate NSSE Results
  • Share Your NSSE Story
  • Research in Brief
  • Announcements
For more news clips, visit Stay Connected on the NCSSLE website!
La Opinion, May 9, 2014


OCR Stays Busy on Sexual Assaults

Inside Higher ED, May 12, 2014


White House Offers Sample Survey to Help Colleges Protect Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 12, 2014


Who Gets to Graduate?

The New York Times Magazine, May 15, 2014


Surveying the Literature on Acculturation and Alcohol Use among Hispanic College Students: We're Not All on the Same Page  Zamboanga, B.L., Toamso, C.C., Kondo, K.K. & Schwartz, S.J. (June 2014) Substance Use and Misuse


Correlates to Over-the-Counter Drug Use among College Students
Vidourek, R.A., King, K.A. & Burbage, M.L. (April 2014) Journal of Substance Use


Abbey, A., Wegner, R., Woerner, J., Pegram, S.E. & Pierce, J. (April 2014) Trauma, Violence & Abuse


A Research Update on Correlates of Heavy Episodic Drinking Among Undergraduate College Students

Montauti, S.B. & Bulmer, S.M. (May 2014) American Journal of Health Education


Diary Study of Sexual Risk Taking, Alcohol Use, and Strategies for Reducing Negative Affect in Female College Students

Howells, N.L. & Orcutt, H.K. (May 2014) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs


Flourishing: Exploring Predictors of Mental Health Within the College Environment                        

Fink, J.E. (April 2014) Journal of American College Health


Marijuana-Using Drivers, Alcohol-Using Drivers, and Their Passengers Prevalence and Risk Factors Among Underage College Students

Whitehill, J.M., Rivara, F.P. & Moreno, M.A. (May 2014) JAMA Pediatrics


The Representation of Alcohol Consumption in the Indiana Daily Students Coverage of the Little 500

Amick, R.I., Donaldson, C.L., Krause, A.K., Myers, J.M. & Thomas, J.C. (May 2014)

Journal of the Indiana University Student Personnel Association



The Digital Age: Leveraging Data Sources to Address Underage Drinking

May 22, 2014, 3-4 PM EDT


In a time when people of all ages are living in the electronic age, this presentation will share how to use social networking platforms to both gather data and use that data and information to develop strategies that can reduce youth access to alcohol. This discussion sponsored by Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) will identify different sources of relevant data that can assist participants in identifying trends and developing effective environmental strategies. It will also look at examples of what different states and organizations are doing to educate the public with regard to the latest data and trends. Learn more about this webinar.




American Public Health Association 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition: Healthography: How Where You Live Affects Your Health and Well-Being

November 15-19, 2014, New Orleans, LA


APHA's Annual Meeting & Exposition serves as the home for public health professionals to convene, learn, network and engage with peers. The purpose of the meeting is to strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. Registration and housing for the 2014 Annual Meeting will open on June 3. Register by August 28 for maximum savings. Learn more about the meeting.


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

See list below.  For more informationcontact Tom Colthurst .


Keep Calm and Don't Be a Statistic: A Call to Action on Underage Drinking and Substance Abuse

May 22, 2014, 12-2:30 PM EDT, Tallahassee, FL


Exhibit hall starts at noon, Town Hall begins at 1pm until 2:30pm. Exhibits include interactive demonstrations, as well as picture booths and t-shirts for participants. Young people are involved in the event planning. Our very own HBCU star, Ms. Jazmyne Simmons, will be the MC of this Town Hall rally event. Sponsored by FAMU Institute of Public Health. For more information, please email: ivette.lopez@famu.edu.


CRUSADA (Puerto Rico Región Higher Education Network)

June 19, 2014, 9 AM -3 PM ADT and  

June 20, 2014, 9 AM - Noon ADT, Isla Verde Carolina, PR


Participants from 30 universities will address underage alcohol use and prevention and how the universities can get involved. Speakers will include Julia Delgado, PR Anti-Addiction and Mental Health Administration. Moderator: Rosie Torres de Calderón, PR & Virgin Island regional director, The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues. For more information, please email: rosie.torres@upr.edu

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) 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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