Higher Education
Volume 3 / Issue 1
October 8
, 2014
In This Issue:

Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing a Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Program which is available both in-person and online. The CERC training program will focus on the principles and application of crisis and emergency risk communication when responding to a public health emergency. For more information on the training program as well as the other resources available, click here.


Understanding the Connection Between Suicide and Substance Abuse: What the Research Tells Us


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has released the webinar recording of Understanding the Connection between Suicide and Substance Abuse: What Research Tells Us, as well as a number of other resources to accompany the webinar. This is the first in a two-part series that will examine current research findings on the connections between substance abuse and suicide. The webinar also highlights particular factors that contribute to both issues, as well as strategies to address them in a coordinated way. For more information and to access the webinar, click here.

A Matter of Degree: Practices to Pathways

The Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) has released its final report on high-impact practices, A Matter of Degree: Practices to Pathways. This is the third report in a three-part series to present key findings from a multi-year center initiative. The report describes relationships between selected student outcomes and student participation in high-impact educational practices. To learn more about the CCCSE and to find more information on A Matter of Degree, click here.

Lessons from the Field: Transitioning to the Updated NSSE


This new report from The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), details how four institutions (Pace University, Nazareth College, Rhode Island College, and the University of Texas at Tyler) used their NSSE 2013 results to create changes in teaching, learning, and student engagement. Click here for more information on NSSE and the services they provide, and click here to access the report.


Black + Brown: Institutions of Higher Education


Excelencia in Education has released Black + Brown Institutions of Higher Education, a report which examines the critical national importance of studying the profile of Hispanic-serving institutions alongside historically black colleges and universities. Excelencia in Education, in partnership with the United Negro College Fund - Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, released this new analysis to bring intentional focus to strengthening minority student success. For more information on this initiative and to access the report, click here.


Al-Anon Family Groups: Interview with NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
 (NIAAA) has made available an interview with NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob, The Impact of Alcoholism on Family Members and Friends. To learn more and view the video clip, click here.


Chang, E.C. et al. (January 2015) Personality and Individual Differences

Exploring the Relationship between Social Interest, Social Bonding, and Collegiate Substance Abuse

Giordano, A.L. & Cashwell, C.S.(October 2014) Journal of College Counseling


Napper, L.E., Kennedy, S.R. & LaBrie, J.W. (September 2014) 

The Journal of Sex Research


Ross, H.E. et al. (September 2014) Psychology of Addictive Behaviors


Fitzpatrick, V., Mouttapa, M., Tanjasiri, S.P. & Napoli, J. (September 2014) Californian Journal of Health Promotion

Drinking Games, Tailgating, and Pregaming: Precollege Predictors of Risky College Drinking

Moser, K., Pearson, M.R., Hustad, J.T.P. & Borsari, B. (September 2014) 

The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse


Ray, A.E., Stapleton, J.L., Turrisi, R. & Mun, E. (September 2014) 
The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Opioid Intervention and Dependence Prevention

October 15, 2014, 1-2:30 PM ET


SAMHSA and the National Council for Behavioral Health are hosting a webinar focusing on the role of addiction and mental health care providers with relation to pain management and opioid dependency. The webinar will discuss topics such as the underpinnings of the pain experience, bringing awareness of risk factors, the use of pharmacists, and developing advocacy energy on the expertise of addiction and mental health care experts as key components in addressing this national crisis. For more information about this event, click here. To register for this event, click here.


Student Inclusion in Interactive Alcohol Education Initiatives

October 30, 2014, 2-3 PM ET


This webinar, hosted by StudentAffairs.com, will discuss implementing initiatives based on theoretical framework, inclusion across student constituencies, and opportunities to provide an educational framework that is supported by administrators and peers of the target group, among other topics. To register for this webinar, click here.


Under the Mask of Tradition: Using Legal Precedent to Combat Hazing Culture 

November 12, 2014, 2-3 PM ET


StudentAffairs.com will be hosting a webinar on anti-hazing education and policies. The event will focus on Greek letter organizations, advisors, graduate chapters, and administrators embracing preventive approaches to anti-hazing education and policies for all organizations on their campuses. For more information on this webinar and to register, click here.


Implementing a "Veterans Friendly" Campus Climate 
November 18, 2014, 3-4 PM ET


This webinar, hosted by StudentAffairs.com, will discuss the ways in which college campuses can go above and beyond their "veteran friendly" label and foster an institutional culture which is supportive, appreciative, respectful, embracing, and inclusive of the veterans it educates. The webinar will review some of the most important programmatic steps an institution can implement to build a "veteran friendly" campus climate. For more information on this event and to register, click here.


24th Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference

October 13-15, 2014, Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont's 24th Annual Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference will provide a comprehensive picture of the diverse legal issues shaping all aspects of higher education. There will also be a webstreaming option for a limited amount of individuals. For more information on this event and to register, click here.


Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Training Institute
January 20-22, 2015, Charlotte, NC


The Center for Wellness Promotion at UNC Charlotte is collaborating with Northeastern University Center for the Study of Sports in Society to host the Mentors in Violence Prevention Institute. This event focuses on utilizing a unique bystander approach that empowers all individuals to learn safe and healthy ways to confront abuse. For more information on the event and to register, click here.


National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit

January 27-29, 2015, Baton Rouge, LA


The National Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Summit is geared toward attendees who are responsible for safety and security management at collegiate sports events at the Division I, II, and III Institutions, as well as athletic conferences and BCS Football Bowl Games. To register for this event, click here.


35th Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education

February 11-16, 2015, Orlando, FL


Stetson University College invites participants to join them in meeting the challenges that institutions of higher education are facing within this new era of federal and state regulation. For more information and to register for this conference, click here.


Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence

March 26-28, 2015, San Diego, CA

This Association of American Colleges and Universities
 conference will address how to create campus climates and educational practices that evolve with today's increasingly diverse student body. For more information on the event, click hereTo register for the conference, click here.
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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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