Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 21
July 16
, 2014
In This Issue:


Colleges Affordability and Transparency Center


The U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center includes information for students, parents, and policymakers about college costs at America's colleges and universities. The Center includes several lists of institutions based on the tuition and fees and net prices (the price of attendance after considering all grant and scholarship aid) charged to students. These lists meet requirements outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) and will be updated annually and posted on the College Navigator website.


Sexual Violence on Campus: How Too Many Institutions of Higher Education are Failing to Protect Students


The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight-Majority Staff prepared this report to examine sexual violence on college campuses. At the request of Chairman Claire McCaskill, this report assesses how colleges and universities report, investigate, and adjudicate sexual violence. The report is based on a survey of 440 four-year institutions of higher education, which includes a national sample and separate samples of the nation's largest public and private institutions. It also draws on interviews with stakeholders and three roundtable discussions held by the Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight in 2014.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence: California Universities Must Better Protect Students by Doing More to Prevent, Respond to, and Resolve Incidents


As requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the California State Auditor presents this audit report concerning sexual harassment and sexual violence at certain California universities. Sexual harassment and sexual violence against university students is an issue of critical importance and prohibited by law. This audit focused on four universities: the University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Chico; and San Diego State University.


Women on College Campuses Feel Less Safe than Male Peers; Almost Twice as Many Women than Men Rank Assault as a Top Concern


Results of the latest student survey (June 2014) conducted by Chegg, The Student Hub, demonstrate the effect and influence recent school shootings and reports of campus violence have on the collective student body. As high profile school shootings and sexual assault reports have become a tragic, yet common, part of the American mainstream, Chegg asked students their feelings on the subject; particularly, how safe they feel on campus, how they believe their schools are prepared to prevent violence, and whether or not they believe the news media have exaggerated the issues.


Summer Edition of OJJDP Judicial eNews: Underage Drinking-Related Issues and Court Practices

The Summer Edition of Judicial eNews has been released by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This edition covers underage drinking-related issues and court practices and highlights upcoming webinars, relevant news articles, and research.   

Underage Drinking Enforcement Center (UDETC) Distance Learning Courses: Using Community Volunteers to Support Prevention & Enforcement of Underage Drinking


Funded by an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant, these online courses are designed to provide basic information and share operational guidelines to assist states, territories, and local communities in their efforts to reduce youth access to alcohol. Participants can receive a certificate upon completion of each course. A new two-hour course explores the value and effective means of using community volunteers to support both the prevention and enforcement of underage drinking. The use of volunteers can serve as a force multiplier in communities where enforcement resources are stretched thin


First-Year Persistence and Retention Rates by Starting Enrollment Intensity: 2009-2012


This report documents The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center's latest findings on first-year persistence and retention ratesThe nonprofit group regularly releases studies based on the Clearinghouse's data sets, which cover 96 percent of students nationwide. The overall persistence rate for first-time college students has dropped 1.2 percentage points since 2009, while the retention rate has remained nearly constant.


Campus Pride National College Fair Program


The Campus Pride National College Fair Program in partnership with Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is the only one of its kind, specifically designed for addressing the concerns of LGBT and Ally students when it comes to academics, student life, and campus safety. For the first time in 2014, Campus Pride and GLSEN launch an online LGBT-Friendly College Fair to reach students across the nation, especially in more rural, Southern and isolated areas.    

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

Loyola University Rolls Out App for Students Dealing with Sexual Assault

Chicago Tribune Redeye, July 7, 2014


Preschool to Career Is New Focus for Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education

The Plain Dealer, July 7, 2014


Burlington Free Press, July 6, 2014

Harvard to Bring on Specialists to Examine Sexual Assault Claims

The New York Times, July 2, 2014 


Sex Offense Statistics Show U.S. College Reports are Rising

The Washington Post, July 1, 2014

Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2014   


Dangerous Climates: Factors Associated With Variation in Racist Hate Crimes on College Campuses  Dyke, N. (July 2014) Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice


Response of Heavy-drinking Voluntary and Mandated College Students to a Peer-led Brief Motivational Intervention Addressing Alcohol Use Mastroleo, N.R., Oakley, W., Eaton, E.M. & Borsani, B. (June 2014) The Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment


College Student Perceptions of Victim Action: Will Targets of Stalking Report to Police? Cass, A.I. & Mallicoat, S., L. (June 2014) American Journal of Criminal Justice


Randomized Controlled Trial of a Web-Delivered Personalized Normative Feedback Intervention to Reduce Alcohol-Related Risky Sexual Behavior Among College Students. Lewis, M.A., Patrick, M.E., Litt, D.M., Atkins, D.C., Kim, T., Blayney, J.A., Norris, J., George, W.H. & Larimer, M.E. (June 2014) Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology



Developing Public Health Regulations for Marijuana: Lessons from Alcohol and Tobacco Pacula, R. L., Kilmer, B., Wagenaar, A.C., Chaloupka, F. & Caulkins, J.P. (June 2014) American Journal of Public Health   




White House Report: Bystander Intervention Education and Training

August 27, 2014, 2-3:30 PM ET


The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault is another step in Federal law, regulation and guidance on preventing and addressing sexual assault on college and university campuses. This interactive webinar is about how bystander education can help address sexual assault on campus and what criteria campus administration should be using to decide which programs are effective at the institution. Learn more abouthis webinar

White House Report: Navigating the Campus Climate Survey and Toolkit

September 23, 2014, 2-3:30 PM EDT


On April 29, 2014 The Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, which President Obama created earlier in the year, released its report outlining specific recommendations for college campuses in preventing and responding to sexual assault in college. Presenters will walk participants through how to effectively create and conduct a campus climate assessment, and what actions campuses are expected to take in response to the Task Force Report. Learn more about this webinar.




Generation Rx University Conference

August 5-7, 2014, Columbus, Ohio


The third annual Generation Rx University Conference has expanded to three days and will provide information on alcohol and other drugs, as well as prescription drug abuse prevention and collegiate recovery communities. College students, faculty, student life staff members, administrators, counselors, student health professionals, and others are invited to develop take-home plans for prevention/recovery programming at their college or university.

2015 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention Conference
January 11-13, 2015, National Harbor, Maryland


Alcohol abuse, other drug abuse, and acts of violence continue to be serious problems facing college students throughout the country. Research and assessment show that many college students are still engaging in high-risk drinking and using drugs (both legal and illegal), often creating impairment for their academic goals. The effects of alcohol and drug abuse on student learning, persistence and completion can be staggering. This conference focuses on giving student affairs practitioners the tools to effectively address collegiate alcohol, other drug abuse, and violence through a variety of integrative approaches. The 2015 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Violence Prevention Conference
occurs simultaneously with the 2015 NASPA Mental Health Conference.


Network for Academic Renewal Conference
March 26-28, 2015, San Diego, California


Creating campus climates and educational practices that evolve with today's increasingly diverse cohort of students requires an institution-wide commitment to addressing diversity, equity, learning, and student success as core values with measurable goals. Making excellence truly inclusive requires a continuous pursuit of institutional excellence in order to ensure that all students enjoy the benefits of an engaged liberal education. Faculty, administrators, student affairs educators, and students are invited to participate in  AAC&U's 2015 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence-both individually and as teams-to help design and promote educational strategies that ensure all students have access to high-quality learning throughout their varied educational journeys.


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

For more information, contact Tom Colthurst


Underage Drinking Forum

August 18, 2014, 6-8 p.m. EDT, Danville, VA


Averett University, with Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services and the Regional Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, will convene a town hall meeting to address underage and high-risk drinking as a public health and safety concern, with panelists from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Department and RASAP coalition members. For more information, please e-mail: [email protected].


Our Campus. Our Town. Our Future.

September 16, 2014, 6-8 p.m. EDT, 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 as well as package store owners will also be invited to discuss this growing problem in Milledgeville. For more information, e-mail: [email protected]    


Additional town hall meetings in this series will take place in fall at Drexel University, Gallaudet University, Mississippi State University, Oklahoma State University, San Diego State University, UC Berkeley, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and Winston Salem State University. Watch this space for details.
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