Higher Education
Volume 2 / Issue 24
August 27, 2014
In This Issue:


Improving College Opportunity


A fact sheet from the White House describes new initiatives to increase college opportunities for all Americans, especially low-income and underrepresented students. As part of this ongoing commitment, the White House will host its next Summit on College Opportunity on December 4th, 2014. The event will build on the first College Opportunity Summit and focus on initiatives in new areas such as building sustainable collaborations in communities for K-12 students and supporting colleges to work together to improve college completion. This post from the White House Blog provides additional information on new White House initiatives and emphasizes the important role community colleges have in the higher education system. 



Town-Gown Assessment Report


International Town-Gown Association (ITGA) has released the results of the second annual national (2014) survey of city/town administrators and college/university administrators, which identifies perceptions of key issues facing campus communities and the degree of collaboration between towns and campuses. The report investigates complex town-gown relationships, examining issues reported to quality of life, campus-edge developments, shared services, and economic development. Download the report here.

Compilation of Articles on Educating Nontraditional Students


Inside Higher Ed has released a free compilation of articles that discuss strategies for recruiting, retaining, and graduating nontraditional students. The articles involve a wide range of institutions, the use of technology, and different curricular approaches. A free webinar will take place on September 11th at 1pm EDT on issues raised in the articles. To learn more and register for the webinar, click here.

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center


The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center is the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse. It works with higher education institutions, states, districts, high schools, and educational organizations to provide accurate information to practitioners and policymakers about student educational pathways. Through their precise longitudinal data outcomes reporting, the Research Center enables better educational policy decisions, leading to improved student outcomes.

Report on Survey Results: White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault


The Association for Institutional Research released a report on survey results examining administrators' awareness of The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The survey reports level of awareness and the recommendations made by the Task Force. Read more about the survey results here.

Some College, No Degree: A National View of Students with Some College Enrollment, but No Completion

A report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center examines college completion. "Some College, No Degree: A National View of Students with Some College Enrollment, but No Completion" examines the "some college, no degree" phenomenon to understand the value of "some college" in its own right, as well as the contribution the "some college, no degree" population can make to achieving college completion goals.
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The Effect of Enrolling in a Minority-Serving Institution for Black and Hispanic Students in Texas
Flores, S.M. & Park, T.J. (July 2014) Research in Higher Education

Are Female College Students Who are Diagnosed with Depression at Greater Risk of Experiencing Sexual Violence on College Campus?
Hossain, M.B., Memiah, P. & Adeyinka A. (August 2014) Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved

Paul, L.P., Kehn, K., Gray, M.J. & Salapska-Gelleri, J. (August 2014) Journal of American College Health

The Role of Positive Alcohol Expectancies in Underage Binge Drinking Among College Students
McBride, N.M., Barrett, B., Moore, K.A. & Schonfeld, L. (August 2014) Journal of American College Health

Psychological Factors in Community College Student Retention
Lukea, C., Redekopb, F. & Burgina C. (August 2014) Community College Journal
of Research and Practice



Educating Nontraditional Students
September 11, 2014, 1-2 PM EDT

This Inside Higher Ed webinar will discuss the complex issues and situations that arise when educating nontraditional students in college. The following topics will be discussed: issues related to admissions and financial aid, different educational approaches, the use of technology, the use of alternate curricula and more.

Higher Ed Compliance and Legislative Outlook: Responding to a Moving Target  
September 24, 2014, 2-3:30 PM EDT

In this webinar, conducted by PaperClip Communications, presenters offer an outlook of higher education legislation by: sharing methods of organizing the laws colleges must respond to; sharing resources to understand and apply the laws to campus policy; and providing methods to cope with the increasing onslaught of standards and laws. Learn more and register here.

Campus Contagions: Best Practices for Education & Response
September 30, 2014, 2-3:30 PM EDT 

This webinar will discuss how college administrators and health officials should effectively respond to contagions on campus through a discussion of best practices for educating the campus community about infection control measures and response strategies for managing outbreaks that can be adapted to specific campus needs. Learn more about this webinar here.

Title IX Investigations: Ensuring Fair and Just Hearings in Sexual Misconduct Cases 
October 29, 2014, 2-3:30 PM EDT 

This PaperClip Communications webinar will provide insight on the inner workings of the Title IX hearings. The presenters will provide effective and applicable strategies on: investigation techniques, the importance of documentation, sorting through evidence, and maintaining equality in the process and focus on student care. Learn more about this webinar here.

Student Mental Health: Professional Risk Management and Safety 
November 12, 2014, 2-3:30 PM EDT

This PaperClip Communications webinar will discuss the major safety concerns of mental health professionals in today's higher education community. The following topics will be discussed: types of campus violence and mental illnesses that often affect college students; identifying 'red flag' behaviors in individuals or groups; developing skills to manage a behavioral crisis, and much more. For more information and to register click here.


Campus Housing that Improves Academic and Social Engagement
October 13-15, 2014, Nashville, TN

This conference on the Vanderbilt University campus focuses on how quality campus housing can significantly impact a student's decision to attend, and remain, at a given institution. The conference will detail how college campuses can develop or revitalize campus housing projects that will create intentional academic and social experiences for students. Learn more about this conference here

Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence 
A Network for Academic Renewal Conference
March 26-28, 2015, San Diego, CA

This Association of American Colleges and Universities conference will focus on a series of urgent questions related to the challenge of preparing all students to be innovators, leaders, and problem-solvers in an increasingly complex global society. For more details on the conference please click here. For information on how to register please click here

Upcoming Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2014 Town Hall Meetings Higher Education Initiative 
For more information, contact Tom Colthurst.

Ohio University/Athens City Council Social Host Law Discussion
August 27, 2014, 7-9:00 PM EDT 235 Walter Hall, South Green Drive, Athens, Ohio

Members of Athens City Council will give students, faculty, staff and community members an overview of a proposed ordinance that would include "Social Host" as a part or the party nuisance law as a civil citation. For more information, e-mail: [email protected]

Winthrop University Town Hall Meeting on Underage and High-risk Drinking
October 14, 2014, 10:30AM - 12PM EDT Winthrop University, Scholar's Walk, Rock Hill, South Carolina

This event will feature the bicycle bar. Participants will board the bicycle bar at a designated site along Scholar's Walk and enjoy mocktails, light snacks, and fun conversation as they learn about the consequences of underage drinking. Along the way, participants will make pre-determined stops for a brief presentation/ discussion with camps and community organizations that one might encounter if they consume alcohol irresponsibly and not within legal age limits. For more information, e-mail: [email protected]

Florida State University Town Hall Meeting
October 14, 2014, 6:30-8:00 EDT, Health & Wellness Center, Room 3100, 960 Learning Way Tallahassee, Florida

FSU's town hall meeting will address alcohol related consequences and how the FSU and Tallahassee community can get involved in reducing negative consequences associated with high-risk drinking. For more information, e-mail: [email protected]

Additional town hall meetings in this series will take place in fall at the College of the Marshall Islands, Drexel University, Gallaudet University, Gateway Community College, Georgia Regents University, Lewis-Clark State College, Mississippi State University, Oklahoma State University, Oregon State University, Potomac State College, San Diego State University, Talladega College, UC Berkeley, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Mount Union, and Winston Salem State University. Watch this space for details.

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