Higher Education
Volume 3 / Issue 11
March 18, 2015
In This Issue:
Reminder: Higher Education e-Digest Feedback

NCSSLE has been publishing its Higher Education e-Digest for over a year. As part of our commitment to continuous quality improvement, NCSSLE would like your feedback on the e-Digest.  If you haven't already, please take a few minutes to quickly respond to our short list of questions.  We will use your responses to tailor this resource to best meet your needs and interests. To give us your feedback, click here

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A Student Aid Bill of Rights: Taking Action to Ensure Strong Consumer Protections for Student Loan Borrowers

The White House has released a fact sheet outlining and detailing President Obama's vision for an affordable quality education for all Americans in a Student Aid Bill of Rights. Higher education continues to be the single most important investment students can make in their own futures. To learn more about the Student Aid Bill and other initiatives being implemented, click here

April 2015: Alcohol Awareness Month

The National Health Information Center has released a toolkit to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and on how to take action to prevent it both at home and in the community. The toolkit includes ideas, tools, resources, and information on the effects and consequences of alcohol abuse, and suggests activities to spread awareness and create a safer environment. To view and download this toolkit, click here.

Results of the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been conducting research and evaluation projects dealing with behaviors and attitudes in highway safety. Impaired driving has been a particular focus. The research that has been conducted is meant to develop and refine countermeasures to deter unsafe behaviors and to promote safe alternatives. Campuses aiming to address drugged or drunk driving, especially institutions with a large commuter population, will find this research helpful. To access these reports, click here.   

Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed suicide assessment pocket cards and mobile apps based on the Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T). SAFE-T assists clinicians in conducting suicide assessment using a 5-step evaluation and triage plan to identify risk factors and protective factors, conduct a suicide inquiry, determine risk level and potential interventions, and document a treatment plan. To access this resource, click here.
Enough is Enough: Make All New York College Campuses Safe

New York State is taking a stand against sexual assault on college campuses. All 64 State University of New York (SUNY) campuses said "Enough is Enough" and adopted a first-of-its-kind sexual assault prevention policy. The program's website offers resources that members of the community can use to affect real change. To learn more about this effort, click here.

Center for Collegiate Mental Health: 2014 Annual Report

The mental health of today's college students continues to be a top-level concern for institutions of higher education. Staffing mental health services on campus, responding to after-hours crises in residence halls, providing accessible treatment with limited budgets, managing behavioral threats, and maintaining student safety during personal crises are all challenges faced by colleges and universities. The Center for Collegiate Mental Health's (CCMH) report summarizes data contributed to CCMH from 140 institutions from across the United States during 2013-2014 academic year. To learn more and to access this report, click here.

Sexual Victimization and Social Norms on the College Campus

At the start of the 2014-15 academic year Haven, EverFi's sexual assault education and prevention course and related surveys, were provided to more than 530,000 students on over 400 college campuses across the United States. Sixty-six percent of these students were freshmen who were required to take the course prior to matriculating on campus. This research summary provides a snapshot of the findings. To access this report, click here.

The Quest for Student Success at Community Colleges


The Quest for Student Success at Community Colleges is Inside Higher Ed's latest compilation of articles. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 45 percent of all current undergraduate students attend a community college.  National Center for Education Statistics recently found that only 35 percent of students who began at a two-year institution had received any degree or certificate within six years, compared to 64 percent of students who started at four-year institutions. This compilation will help campuses to retain students and help them reach their goals. To access this booklet, click here.

Bring Theory to Practice: Winter 2015 Newsletter

The Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) Project, in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), encourages and supports colleges and universities in to reaffirm their core purposes to advance learning and discovery, the well-being of the whole student, and their mission as a public good to deepen and sustain the civic society. The BTtoP newsletter contains campus highlights, interviews, and more. To read the latest issue, click here

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


The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 9, 2015


The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 9, 2015

Inside Higher Ed, March 9, 2015 

Diamondback Online, February 25, 2015

Henson, J.M., Pearson, M.R. & Carey, K.B. (March 2015) Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Lytle, M.C., De Luca, S.M., Blosnich, J.R. & Brownson, C. (March 2015) Journal of Affective Disorders

Benson, K., Flory, K., Humphreys, K.L. & Lee, S.S. (January 2015) Clinical Child Family Psychology Review

Maldonado, R.C., DiLillo, D. & Hoffman, L. (January 2015) Psychology of Violence

Webinar Series: Young, Gifted, and At-Risk
Monday, March 16, 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Monday, April 6, 2015, 2:00 PM ET

This webinar series, from The JED Foundation, grows out of a symposium held at Brown University in October 2014, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and The Stephen C. Rose Legacy Fund. The focus of this webinar series will be on aspects of mental health and well-being, each speaker will discuss topics ranging from the unique pressures and challenges faced by students of color, to some potential strategies for positive change. The presenters will also discuss challenges faced by college students of color during college and emerging adulthood. For more information on this webinar series, and to register, click here.

Greek Life & Your Response to High Risk Behavior: Creating an Action Plan for Positive Change within Your Fraternal Community
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on how to address the serious, and legitimate, concerns related to Greek Life on campus. The webinar will discuss successful strategies that can be used to recognize what needs to change within high-risk chapters or communities, how to communicate and identify effective actions that will hold students and chapters accountable, and how to create an action plan to help differentiate between incidents and issues and ways to take strategic action when addressing both. For more information and to register, click here.


Career Services & First Year Students: Strategies to Engage Students & Meet Institutional Goals

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

Paperclip Communications is hosting a webinar on the importance of engaging with new students through career services early and frequently. The webinar will discuss successful strategies and framework to build campus partnerships that support early career exploration, ideas to integrate career exploration into the first-year and pre-college experience, and more. To learn more and register, click here

The Quest for Student Success at Community Colleges
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 2-3 PM ET

Inside Higher Ed is hosting a webinar on the importance of helping community college students succeed and thrive. Not only do a number of college freshmen start at community colleges, but frequently those students are more diverse and more disadvantaged than others. This makes community colleges crucial not only to overall college attainment goals, but to goals related to diversification of the student body nationally. This webinar will discuss the challenges involving orientation, registration deadlines, assessment, the curriculum, and more. To learn more and to register, click here

Sexual Assault, Title IX & Your Board of Trustees: Reduce Risk, Liability & Understand Compliance Concerns

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on best practices to protect young visiting children on campus. The webinar will cover topics such as how child sexual abuse can occur on campus, key strategies for responding to suspected incidents, an overview of relevant legal principles related to working with minors on campus, suggestions for free and low-costing training resources, and more. For more information and to register, click here.

Increasing Enrollment While Improving Retention

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET


Inside Higher Ed is hosting an event on increasing enrollment while improving retention. Both academic and business models and definitions of quality education have undergone more change in the past several years than higher education has experienced in the previous four hundred. The event will walk through the new realities in higher education and how partnership and a shared vision for improving student success are making a real impact today. To learn more about this webinar and to register, click here.

Creating a Transfer-Friendly Campus
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on creating an environment for the smooth and successful transition of transfer students, which requires a multi-level, interdepartmental approach to student advocacy and assistance. With more than one-third of American college students having transferred institutions at least once in their academic careers and with President Obama's community college proposal, the influx of transfer students to four year institutions is inevitable. The webinar will discuss identifying transfer student challenges, how institutions can best respond to them, assessing an institution's current transfer experience, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.

Beyond Title II: Balancing Student Privacy vs. Managing Campus Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar which will explore Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. The event will help attendees to develop the knowledge skills to sift through the nuances of the law to identify legal responsibility and the confidentiality requirements of the institutions to remain compliant. To learn more and to register, click here.


7th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
March 19-21 2015, Washington, DC

Futures Without Violence is hosting its 7th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence which aims to advance the health care system's response to domestic violence. The conference includes a campus sexual assault "meet and greet," a screening of The Hunting Ground, presentations workshops, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.

9th Annual Campus Pride Summer Leadership Academy
July 14-19, 2015, Charlotte, NC 

Campus Pride is hosting the 9th Annual Summer Leadership Academy on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) this year. The national social justice academy provides training for LGBTQ and ally college students in the movement and attracts nearly 150 students, faculty, staff, and social justice leaders and advocates. To learn more about this academy and to register, click here.
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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