Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 19
June 18, 2014
In This Issue:


Postsecondary Completers and Completions: 2011-12


IPEDS is the core postsecondary data collection program for the NCES (National Center on Education Statistics). Institution-level data are collected from postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and other jurisdictions. Data collected via IPEDS cover a variety of areas, including institutional prices, enrollments, graduation rates, program completions, and student financial aid.
Traditionally, the IPEDS Completions component has focused on the number of awards conferred by institutions (i.e., completions). However, in 2012, IPEDS began collecting additional data on the number of students who earned awards (i.e., completers). Given the current policy focus on increasing the number of postsecondary completers, these new IPEDS data in the 2014 report  provide a more precise baseline on which to track future trends in this area.

Underage Drinking Prevention Resource Alerts


The Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC, established in 1999 by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) publishes a monthly Resource Alert. The Alert is brief document that provides short summaries and references to the most up-to-date research findings and other helpful information geared toward the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws community. View the Resource Alert archive here. To receive the Resource Alert each month, send your email address to UDETC email at udetc@udetc.org


Sexual Assault and Rape on College Campuses: 

Research Roundup


In Sexual Assault and Rape on College Campuses: Research Roundup, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University explores the general issue of sexual assault and rape on campus, as well as prevention, risks and related cultural dynamics.  View the selection of studies here.  
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Efforts by Colleges to Curb Assaults Focus on Fraternities

The New York Times, June 12, 2014


Opening New Front in Campus-Rape Debate, Brown Student Tells Education Dept. His Side

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 12, 2014


Temple Summit Addresses Prescription Drug Abuse on College Campuses

Temple University News Center, June 11, 2014


Obama Defends College Ratings

Inside Higher ED, June 11, 2014


Colleges Focus on Alcohol and Drugs as Serious Crime Dips

The New York Times, June 10, 2014


University of Louisiana at Lafayette Bans Tobacco on Campus

The Advertiser, June 10, 2014


Extra Eyes and Ears

Inside Higher ED, June 10, 2014


Why Colleges Are on the Hook for Sexual Assault

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 6, 2014 


Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance-United States, 2013 Surveillance Summaries

Kann et al. (June 2014) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)


Prescription Stimulants Are 'A Okay': Applying Neutralization Theory to College Students' Nonmedical Prescription Stimulant Use

Cutler, K.A. (June 2014) Journal of American College Health


Why Students Consider Terminating Their Studies and What Convinces Them to Stay Xuereb, S. (May 2014) Active Learning in Higher Education


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


Student Engagement and Institutional Graduation Rates: Identifying High-Impact Educational Practices for Community Colleges 

Price, D.V. & Tovar, E. (March 2014) Community College Journal of Research and Practice


Examining the Impact of Pre-induction Social Networking on the Student Transition into Higher Education

Ribchester, C., Ross, K. & Rees, E.L.E. (March 2014) Innovations in Education and Teaching International

College Media Conference 2014

June 25 - 27, 2014, Washington, DC


The College Media Conference, organized by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), helps communications and public relations professionals on campus prepare news materials that produce results and also to make contact with some of the nation's top reporters, editors, freelance writers, producers, bookers, educational correspondents, and campus news professionals. Learn more about this conference.


27th Annual NPN Prevention Research Conference

September 15-18, 2014, Hartford, CT


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


Designing Engaging Recreation Facilities

September 22-24, 2014, Minneapolis, MN


Recreation facilities can improve campus enrollment and retention if designed properly. The challenge is building a facility that integrates the social and physical needs of students. By addressing the many needs of students, campuses can develop a flexible design and build a recreation facility that engages the entire student body. This conference includes expert-led sessions on design best practice, a site visit, and methods for incorporating student services into recreation facilities. Learn more about this conference.


Campus Housing that Improves Academic and Social Engagement

October 13-15, 2014, Nashville, TN


Access to quality campus housing significantly impacts a student's decision to attend, and remain, at a given institution. Yet, many campuses continue to offer housing options that do little to tap into critical academic and social components for students. Failing to utilize the residential experience to engage students forces many campuses to work harder to successfully meet student social and academic needs. This conference focuses on developing or revitalizing campus housing projects that create intentional academic and social experiences. Through case studies, collaborative working opportunities, and a site visit to successful housing projects, this hands-on institute will provide an integrated and practical approach to student housing planning and design. Learn more about this conference.


Global Learning in College: Cross-Cutting Capacities for 21st Century College Students - A Network for Academic Renewal Conference

October 16-18, 2014, Minneapolis, MN


At the American Association of Colleges and Universities' 2013 Global Learning in College meeting, more than 500 participants laid the foundations for a community of practice sharing insights, opportunities, and challenges.  At the 2014 Global Learning in College meeting, participants will continue to articulate a vision of the global learner and will explore efforts to design educational experiences-across the curriculum and in the community-to help students develop the cross-cutting capacities they need. Domains to be addressed include global knowledge, global challenges, global systems and organizations, global civic engagement, and global identities. Learn more about this conference.


The HBCU Leadership Summit for Online Learning 

October 29, 2014, Lake Buena Vista, FL


The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Leadership Summit for Online Learning sponsored by the Sloan Consortium provides an opportunity for the HBCU community to create a space to discover ways to empower and strengthen online education efforts. The summit provides a forum for informative and stimulating presentations and discussions on strategies and resources that can assist in the creation of a sustainable online learning environment. In addition, the summit will provide prospective on how current trends in online education can be used in the growth of the online footprint in the HBCU community. Lastly, it provides an opportunity for universities sharing similar goals and interests regarding online education an opportunity to network and build resource capacity. Learn more about this conference.


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

For more information, contact Tom Colthurst


Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Town Hall Meeting

June 19, 2014, 6-7:30 PM MDT, Silver City, NM


Hosted by the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (YSAPC) and Western New Mexico University, this meeting is to discuss community perceptions and concerns leading to development of prevention tactics. For more information, please email Razanna Thomas.

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