Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 20
July 2, 2014
In This Issue:


U.S. Department of Education Announces Action to Help Colleges Keep Campuses Safe


The Obama Administration has announced new steps to address growing concerns about sexual violence on college campuses by requiring institutions of higher education to comply with new campus safety and security related requirements aimed at curbing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Under the proposed regulations, colleges would be required to compile statistics for incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, in addition to the currently compiled statistics for sexual assaults and certain other crimes. These data will provide a better picture of the extent to which these forms of abuse occur on our campuses and will better equip colleges, advocates, and policymakers to address these issues.  


Tobacco Product Use Among Adults --- United States, 2012-2013

Despite significant declines in cigarette smoking among U.S. adults over the past five decades, progress has slowed in recent years, and the use of other tobacco products such as cigars and smokeless tobacco has not changed. Additionally, the use of emerging products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), has rapidly increased. This Center for Disease Control and Prevention's report provides the most recent national estimates of tobacco use among adults aged 18 years and older, using data from the 2012-2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey.


National Center for Campus Public Safety


The National Center for Campus Public Safety is a new resource for campus police chiefs, directors of public safety, emergency managers, and key campus safety stakeholders. With this in mind, the National Center will be a catalyst that brings together all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on the campuses of the nation's colleges and universities.


The Evolving Curriculum-Measuring Effectiveness of Change


The Evolving Curriculum-Measuring Effectiveness of Change is a compilation of articles and essays on efforts to reshape what and how colleges teach at a time of increased concern about how much students learn. The news and opinion articles -- collected in a print-on-demand booklet -- surveys the landscape of curricular development and learning assessment, examining trends and highlighting best practices. Research shows that creating engaging instructional environments is linked to better student achievement and better retention rates.

Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating


Global Learning: Defining, Designing, Demonstrating is a joint publication of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. This publication provides a definition and rationale for "global learning," which is a term widely used across higher education, although faculty, staff, and practitioners do not always agree about what it means. By exploring how the term and the ideas behind it are evolving, global learning is placed in the context of several important overlapping higher education change efforts, all geared toward creating engaging, supportive, instructional environments.   


Higher Learning Research Communications' Special Issue on Retention


Retention and persistence are complex issues. While a single special issue won't address the multifaceted challenges associated with getting students to graduation, Higher Learning Research Communications' Special Issue on Retention, can foster ideas that inform the next generations of research in this area. 

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Daily Hampshire Gazette, June 23, 2014  

Las Vegas Sun, June 22, 2014


Changes to Campus Safety Rules

Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2014


UC Creates Task Force to Oversee Efforts to Prevent Sexual Assault
Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2014 
U to Create Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault

Minnesota Daily, June 18, 2014


Outgunned, for Now

Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2014  


Drinking to Reach the Top: Young Adults' Drinking Patterns as a Predictor of Status within Natural Drinking Groups Dumas, T.A., Graham, K., Bernards, S. & Well, S. (October 2014) Addictive Behaviors


A Systematic Review of Primary Prevention Strategies for Sexual Violence Perpetration DeGue, S., Valle, L.A., Holt, M.K., Massetti, G.M., Matjasko, J.L. & Tharp, A.T. (July-August 2014) Aggression and Violent Behavior


Off-Premise Alcohol Outlet Characteristics and Violence Snowden, A.J. & Pridemore, W.A. (June 2014) The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Mental Health and Self-directed Violence Among Student Service Members/Veterans in Postsecondary Education Blosnich, J.R., Kopacz, M.S., McCarten, J. & Bossarte, R.M. (June 2014) Journal of American College Health



Advances in Suicide Prevention: Research, Practice, and Policy Implications for LGBT Populations

July 10, 2014, 3-4:30 PM EDT


In its efforts to address behavioral health disparities, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has prioritized the goal of suicide prevention among vulnerable populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Despite strong indications of elevated risk of suicidal behavior in LGBT people, limited attention has been given to research, interventions, or suicide prevention programs targeting these populations. This webinar will offer participants up-to-date information about what is already known about LGBT suicide risk across the lifespan as well as what is being done to improve future research. Learn more about this webinar.




2014 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising and External Relations Conference

July 20-July 22, 2014, Houston, TX


The Student Affairs Fundraising & External Relations Conference is a three-day professional development forum for professionals with specific fundraising, development, and donor communication responsibility for student affairs divisions. The conference facilitates an exchange of strategies, ideas, and resources between participants regarding fundraising for student affairs. Learn more about this conference.

2014 NASPA Student Affairs Law and Policy Conference
October 23-25, 2014, Denver, CO


The Student Affairs Law and Policy Conference is an exciting event focusing on recent legal trends in higher education law and policy development and the needs of your campus. Learn more about this conference.  

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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