Higher Education
Volume 3 / Issue 15
May 13, 2015
In This Issue:

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Addressing Sexual Assault as a Community

The National Center for Campus Public Safety has published a resource guide on Title IX that includes an overview of the scope of Title IX, a discussion about Title IX's administrative requirements, as well as a discussion of other key Title IX issues and references to federal resources. The resource guide also explains an institution's obligation to report relevant Title IX information to the U.S. Department of Education. It should be noted that this resource accompanies the "Dear Colleague Letter on Title IX Coordinators" and the "Letter to Title IX Coordinators." To access this resource guide, click here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Chronicle of Education Resource

The Chronicle of Higher Education's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage features the latest trends and insights shaping diversity on college campuses such as data on the backgrounds and beliefs of college freshmen, blog posts on the enrollment of minority students in law school, media on the evolution of diversity, and more. To access the webpage, click here.

Violence Against Women Act Resource Package

PaperClip Communications has published a comprehensive resource package to increase Violence Against Women (VAWA) competence and readiness. With the final regulations of the VAWA taking effect on July 1, 2015, institutions of higher education must be prepared to comply with the new regulations. The package will help users to save time and figure out which requirements apply to them, implement the required programs, understand strategies to reduce risk of compliance missteps and liability concerns, and more. To access this resource, click here.  

Beyond College Rankings: A Value-Added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-Year Colleges

Brookings Institution, a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions, has developed a report that draws upon government and private resources to analyze college value-add, the difference between actual alumni outcomes (like salaries) and the outcomes one would expect given a student's characteristics and the type of institution. The value-added measures introduced in this report improve on conventional rankings in several ways. For example, colleges with high value-add in terms of alumni earning include not only nationally recognized universities but also less well-known schools. To read the report, click here.
The Campaign for College Opportunity

The Campaign for College Opportunity is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring student access to and success in higher education in the state of California. With only half of all California's undergraduates completing their college education the Campaign for College Opportunity is advocating to make public policy changes that will help California students finish college. To learn more, click here.

Step Up & Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides


The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), has published STEP UP & LEAD for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides. To effectively educate today's students, AAC&U asserts higher education needs to focus more urgently on equity and on bringing together what is known about closing achievement gaps and advancing high-quality learning outcomes for all students. To learn more and to access this resource, click here

Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: A Campus Guide for Self-Study and Planning

The Association of American College and Universities (AAC&U) has published a guide that provides a framework for needed dialogue, assessment, and action to address inequities in higher education institutions. This resource focuses on issues of access and success. It can be used as a tool for bringing together campus leaders and practitioners to engage in internal assessment and to chart a path forward to improve all students' success. To download this resource, click here


Student Success: Building a Culture for Retention and Completion on College Campuses


The Chronicle of Higher Education's report on student success highlights the challenge of getting more students on the path to degree completion. The report is based on an extensive survey of college leaders and their practices for retaining more students. It provides valuable insights and trends on student-success practices that will help campuses build an effective strategy for students. To download this report, click here.

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Field C.J, Kimuna, S.R., & Lang, M.N. (May 2015) Journal of Black Studies

Keith, D.R., Hart C.L., McNeil, M.P., Silver, R. & Goodwin, R.D. (May 2015) 
The American Journal on Addictions

Green, R., Jason, H. & Ganz, D. (May 2015) International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health

Stotzer, R.L. & MacCartney, D. (April 2015) Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Rinker, D.V., Walters, S.T., Wyatt, T.M. & DeJong, W. (April 2015) 
Emerging Adulthood


Keeping Our Schools Safe: Best Practices in Emergency Preparedness

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 2-3:00 PM ET


Campus Safety is hosting a webinar on how to make progressive steps towards improving safety planning. In recent years, educational institutions have placed greater emphasis on crisis response plans as a necessary, practical tool, but emergency preparedness is still a vital part of every school's planning. The webinar will include peer speakers who will discuss challenges they have faced with their previous process, improvements they have made to take their safety plans to the next level, how to demonstrate "duty of care," and more. To register, click here.

Responding to the Prescription Misuse Epidemic: Promising Prevention Programs and Useful Resources

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 2 PM ET

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting a webinar on prescription misuse and addiction. The webinar will describe the relationship between prescription opiates and heroin and then discuss alternatives to opiates in treating acute and chronic pain. The event will detail how to tell if you or someone you know might have an opiate problem, problems associated with prescription drug use, the youth "study drug" epidemic, and more. To register, click here.


Addressing Health Disparities through the National Prevention Strategy and Partnerships Webinar Series: The Role of Schools, Colleges and Universities

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 4-5:30 PM ET


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is hosting a webinar on improving the health and well-being of every American by shifting the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness. The webinar will highlight the critical role that education institutions can play in eliminating these disparities. The event will detail what the National Prevention Strategy is, academic community partnerships, and more. To register for this event, click here.


Digging Through or Drowning In Data: The Practical Guide to Turning Student Outcomes Data into Action

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2-3:00 PM ET


The Chronicle of Higher Education and Educational Testing Service (ETS) are presenting a webinar focused on practical strategies that higher education institutions can use to evaluate whether the correct student outcomes data is being collected and efficiently managed and how it can be used to drive continuous improvement efforts. Speakers will provide suggested processes and practices that higher education professionals can use to easily assemble their "data story." To learn more and to register, click here.


Serve & Support Your Low-income Students: Three Critical Areas for Success

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on higher education institutions' need to demonstrate focused and intentional support for all students, with special emphasis on low-income students. The webinar will address issues such as identifying the non-academic factors that can interfere with progress, the importance of academic acumen and academic confidence, building key partnerships, and more. To register, click here.

Immigration Legal Impact: Proposed Reform, Executive Order & SEVIS - What it Means for Your Students and Employees

Thursday, June 11, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on the recent federal immigration regulations and executive actions that many institutions of higher education may feel lost in navigating. The webinar will discuss the emerging issues faced by colleges and universities within immigration, the proposed reform and the impact it will have on institutions of higher education, the impact of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) on undocumented students and employees, and more. To register, click here

The Racial Climate on Campus: Best Practices for Education, Response and Adjudication

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET


PaperClip Communications is presenting a webinar discussing how to encourage respectful student engagement with the recent resurgence of student activism across the country. The webinar will detail how to improve campus climate for the 2015-2016 academic year, how to help majority students on campus understand diversity, best practices for adjudicating student conduct cases related to hate and bias incidents, and more. To register, click here.

Emotional Support Animals: FHA vs. ADA and What You Need to Know

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar discussing service animal issues as they relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and where animals used for emotional support fall in the mix. The webinar will cover topics such as the legal parameters and the practical implications associated with allowing student to have emotional support animals on campus, handling requests for emotional support animals, an understanding between the distinctions of service and emotional support animals, and more. To register, click here.


Managing Critical Incidents for Higher Education Institutions: A Multi-Disciplinary Community Approach

Multiple Dates and Locations


Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is offering multi-day courses on managing critical incidents across the U.S. in partnership with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Attendees will include campus administrators and managers, public safety and law enforcement personnel, and other campus and community response partners. Participants will learn to effectively manage critical incidents by applying and implementing an all-hazards, multi-disciplinary, command, and management team approach as described in the National Incident Management System's (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS) and Multi-Agency Coordination Systems (MACS). To learn more 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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