Higher Education
Volume 3 / Issue 13
April 15, 2015
In This Issue:
10 Years of NIH News in Health

NIH News in Health, a monthly newsletter based on research supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, has reached its 10th anniversary. Each article is carefully reviewed by NIH experts. The newsletter has covered more than 600 topics relevant to college students' lives including; stress, nutrition, and psychological issues. To access the archive, click here. To learn about the selection and review process, click here.

Medication for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Brief Guide

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published a guide that provides guidance for the use of medication-assisted treatment for alcoholism and alcohol abuse in clinical practice. It summarizes approved medications and discusses screening and patient assessment, treatment planning, and patient monitoring. To learn more and to access this guide, click here.

When the Prescription Becomes the Problem

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released resources related to the painkiller overdose epidemic. Since 1999, the amount of prescription painkillers prescribed and sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report. College students report illicitly using painkillers to ease distress. To access these resources, click here.   
NASPA Online Short Course Series: Addressing Gender-Based Violence

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) offers an online course series that addresses gender-based violence. This group of three course sessions provides an overview of the most fundamental points that all student affairs and many other education professionals need to know about how gender-based violence in educational institutions manifest and how to address the many aspects of that violence in a way that both complies and moves beyond compliance with applicable law. To learn more and to register, click here.

Redesigning America's Community Colleges

In the United States 1,200 community colleges enroll over ten million students each year, nearly half of the nation's undergraduates. Yet fewer than 40 percent of entrants complete an undergraduate degree within six years. This fact has put pressure on community colleges to improve academic outcomes for their students. Redesigning America's Community Colleges is a concise, evidence-based guide for educational leaders whose institutions typically receive short shrift in academic and policy discussions. To learn more about this resource, click here

Money Matters on Campus

Money Matters on Campus details the third-year findings from a survey of 43,000 college students from across the United States that aimed to understand what factors most influence financial capability and how best to support the next generation of adults in achieving their financial goals. Investigators also reviewed trends in the data over the past three years. To download the report, click here. To access resource, click here. To learn more about the study, click here.
The American Community College


The American Community College provides up-to-date information and statistics about community colleges and is widely used in graduate course and by community college scholars, institutional researchers, and on-the-ground administrators. This sixth edition includes: a new chapter focused on community college outcomes and accountability; new sections dealing with the rise of for-profit colleges; vertical expansion including dual enrollment and community college baccalaureates; cross-sector collaboration; and more. To learn more, click here.

Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies

Expanding the Circle examines strategies and best practices that effectively integrate LGBTQ areas of teaching and research with student life activities. It provides testimonies that alert educators to possible pitfalls and successes of their policies through an analysis of changing student attitudes. Based on these case studies, the contributors offer practical suggestions for the classroom and the provost's office, demonstrating not only the gains that have been made by LGBTQ students and the institutions that serve them, but also the tensions that remain. To access this resource and to learn more, click here.

NSSE Item Campuswide Mapping

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) has released NSSE Item Campuswide Mapping, an updated NSSE item mapped to institution departments, units, committees, functional areas, and interest groups. To stimulate thinking and discussion about the meaning of NSSE results for particular departments, units, and committees, the resource maps NSSE Engagement Indicators, High Impact Practices, individual survey items, and Topical Modules to a campuswide range of different interest groups. To download and learn more about this resource, click here.

NSSE eNews 

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) eNews is a periodic electronic newsletter created to keep NSSE users and others informed about current project activities. This month's newsletter discusses: What Matters to Course Success?; NSSE's new Campuswide Mapping Tool; New NSSE Website Publications and Presentations; and more. To access the April newsletter, click here.

Student Academy Awards 

The Student Academy Awards is a national student film competition conducted by the Academy and the Academy Foundation. Each year over 500 college and university film students from all over the United States compete for awards and cash grants, with films being judged in four categories: Animation, Documentary, Narrative, and Alternative. Entries must have been made in a teacher-student relationship within the curricular structure of the teaching institution. To extend the impact and honor beyond the competition, a compilation presentation of the gold medal award-winning films is circulated each year free of charge to educational and non-profit organizations nationwide. To learn more about this program, click here.
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Should Students Sit on Sexual Assault Panels?

The New York Times, April 10, 2015


To Improve Retention, Community Colleges Teach Self-Esteem

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 9, 2015 


Banning Booze

Inside Higher Ed, April 8, 2015


Working to Stop Sexual Violence on U.S. College Campuses

U.S. Department of Education Press Release,  April 8, 2015


Sex Education: Colleges Experiment with Campus Rape Prevention

The Observer, April 7, 2015

Daily Nebraskan, April 6, 2015

'Expanding the Circle' 

 Inside Higher Ed, April 6, 2015


College Takes Part in First Online LGBTQ College Fair

The Columbia Chronicle, April 6, 2015


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 3, 2015 


Capitol Hill Hears Montgomery Teens' Voices on College Sexual Assault

The Gazette, April 1, 2015  


Terlecki, M.A., Buckner, J.D., Larimer, M.S & Copeland, A.L.
 (March 2015) Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Hays, D.G., Michel, R.E., Bayne, H.B., Neuer Colburn, A.A. & Myers, J.S.
(April 2015) Journal of College Counseling

Reyes, H., Foshee, V.A., Niolon, P.H., Reidy, D.E. & Hall, J.E. (April 2015)
Journal of Youth and Adolescence 

Eastman-Mueller, H.P., Gomez-Scott, J., Ae-Kyung, J. & Oswalt, S.B. (April 2015) Journal of American College Health

Tupler, L.A., Hong, J.Y., Gibori, R., Blitchington, T. & Krishnan, R.K. (April 2015)
The Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease

Dopler-Nelson, M. & Ackerson, L. (April 2015) The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

DePue, M.K. & Hagedorn, W.B. (April 2015) Journal of College Counseling

Ross, J.M., Coxe, S., Schuster, R.M., Rojas, A. & Gonzalez, R. (April 2015) Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology

Innovative Educators Webinar Schedule
Multiple Dates in April, May, and July

The League for Innovation in the Community College has released its Innovative Educators webinar schedule for April, May, and July. The topics for these webinars range from Understanding LGBT Gender Violence, Online Student Conduct, How & When to Use "Trigger Warnings" and more. To learn more and to register, click here.

Building Up Your Disability Services Toolkit Webinar Series
Multiple Dates in April and May

The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is hosting a webinar series for individuals who are looking for new ways to make their office more welcoming and inclusive for all students, staff, and faculty. The webinars are designed to help build a toolkit of skills from experts working on diverse campuses around the country, including HBCUs. To learn more and to register, click here. 

First in the World and Evidence-Based Grant Competitions
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 4-5 PM ET

To help prepare institutions of higher education, non-profit organization and others interested in applying for the First in the World (FITW) grant the U.S Department of Education will host an information webinar covering the overall goals of the FITW grant competition, and the general application requirements of ED's evidence-based grant competitions. The webinar will discuss this new approach to grant competitions at a general level; subsequent webinars will provide more detail on evidence tiers and the specific 2015 FITW priorities. To learn more about this program, click here. To attend this webinar, click here. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: FITW.  

Ten Steps to Ready: Step 4 - Implementation
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 2-3 PM ET

The National Center for Campus Public Safety is hosting part 4 of a webinar series on emergency planning, which will focus primarily on one piece of the implementation puzzle: publishing content. Dan Maas, emergency manager at Cornell will discuss their thought process on who should see what parts of their plan, and in designing a web page that is simple, clear, and attractive. To learn more and register, click here.  

Kid on Campus: Policies & Best Practice to Protect Your Young Guests & Your Institution
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on how to best protect minors who are in facilities and campus environments. The webinar will discuss crucial insights on how child sexual abuse can occur on campus, key strategies to respond to suspected and actual incidents, advice on dealing and working with outside groups hosting on-campus events, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.

Parents & Messaging on Sexual Violence: Engaging, Open, Effective Communication
Thursday, May 28, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on how to ease the valid concerns and fears parents have about sexual assault on campus. The webinar will provide participants with: a plan of action for when, how, and from where messaging about an institutions' sexual assault/violence preventive educational resources can be delivered to parents; key issues to consider when developing a protocol for responding to the parents of a student who is a survivor of sexual assault or is being accused of sexual assault; the framework for auditing an institutions' current education and response plan; and more. To learn more and to register, click here.

Transgender Athletes: Protection, Support & Inclusion within College Sports & Recreation 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on how to create a safe, inclusive campus climate for transgender athletes. The webinar will provide participants with the current data and information related to the transgender athlete student population, personal stories from transgender athletes and their real-life experiences, key Title IX issues and implications related to transgender inclusive college sports, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.

Men of Color & Student Success: Strategies for Support, Engagement & Completion
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar focusing on identifying and implementing key and intentional strategies for how to best position black male students for success in college and beyond. Black male students graduation rates are not meeting the current completion charge in comparison to other students in higher education. The webinar will discuss; specific factors that impact and affect campus climate, best practices that will help create a positive, safe and welcoming environment, and much more. To learn more and to register, click here.


National Council Conference 
April 20-22, 2015, Orlando, FL

The National Council for Behavioral Health is hosting the NatCon Conference, an event attended by executives, board members and staff from the nation's community mental health and addiction treatment organizations. Each year features the latest innovations, science and business and clinical best practices. To learn more and to register, click here.

2015 HBCU Student Success Summit
June 25-27, 2015, Atlanta, GA

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is hosting the 2015 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Student Success Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The summit is part of APLU's ongoing effort to increase degree completion rates. The HBCU Student Success Summit will bring together HBCU presidents, chancellors, provosts, vice presidents for student affairs, enrollment managers, recruitment professionals, and other campus professionals. To learn more and to register for the event, click here.

AHEAD 2015
July 13-18, St. Paul, MN

The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) is hosting the 2015 AHEAD Conference. This year's theme is Diverse Perspectives: Creating a Vision for the Future. Issues on Diverse Perspectives and Visions for the Future will be explored throughout the week through a variety of conference events and activities. To learn more about the event and to register, click here.
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery: National Meeting

August 4-6, 2015, Columbus, OH

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery is hosting the 2015 National Meeting. The meeting will offer practitioners, student affairs professionals, faculty, and students the training and tools necessary to strengthen alcohol and drug prevention, intervention, and recovery at their college or university. To learn more about this event and to register, click here.

Accelerating Latino Student Success Workshop
September 23, 2015, Washington, DC

Excelencia in Education is hosting the Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) workshop, a meeting place for professionals leading effective strategies for Latino college student success. ALASS is part of Celebracion de Excelencia. To learn more about this workshop and to register, click here.
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