Higher Education
Volume 3 / Issue 17
June 10, 2015
In This Issue:


Alcohol Alert Number 88 - eHealth Technology and What It Means for the Alcohol Field


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA)'s Alcohol Alert focuses on how technology is changing the way research is conducted and how researchers approach prevention, intervention, and treatment communities. This rapidly developing area has already improved the quality of the data researchers and clinicians collect from patients and research subjects. eHealth technologies hold a great potential for improving the monitoring, prevention, and treatment related to alcohol use and alcohol use disorder but also pose some challenges. To read this brief, click here


Intimate Partner Violence Surveillance


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an updated version of Intimate Partner Violence Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Data Elements, Version 2.0. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. This document is intended for individuals and organizations interested in gathering surveillance data on IPV, and is intended to promote and improve consistency of IPV surveillance. To access this resource, click here 

Redesigning America's Community Colleges


The Community College Research Center (CCRC) convened a book talk and panel discussion, Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success, on May 14. Panelists discussed how the guided pathways model for institution-wide reforms has the potential to help community colleges dramatically improve student success. To watch an archived recording of the panel discussion, click here.


Start by Believing

The Start by Believing campaign, by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), is dedicated to improving the criminal justice response to violence against women. All too often, survivors of sexual violence who have the courage to tell someone what happened are blamed for bringing it on themselves. Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign designed to change the way people respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities. To learn more, click here.

How Higher Education Funding Shortchanges Community Colleges 

The Century Foundation has released a report, How Higher Education Funding Short Changes Community Collegesdetailing the financial challenges community colleges face. Despite offering access to higher education for a lower cost, community colleges often experience low graduation rates. This brief looks at the three key issues surrounding the funding of higher education: what the overall variations in spending between community colleges and four-year institutions are, the current (relatively low) levels of funding at community colleges, and whether it makes sense to move toward a K-12 style system of "adequacy" funding in higher education. To access this report, click here.  

Governor McAuliffe's Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence Report

The final report of Virginia's Governor's Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence details the 21 approved recommendations to prevent campus sexual assault. The recommendations focus on ensuring survivors feel safe and are willing to report the crime, a survivor-centered response, and that justice is properly sought against offenders. To access this report, click here.
Building a Culture for Retention and Completion on College Campuses

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published the results of a survey on how to improve retention and completion rates at colleges and universities. Colleges nationwide spend vast amounts of resources and time on recruiting and admissions to get students in the door. Whether or not a student succeeded once they arrived on campus can be seen as the responsibility of academic departments and individual faculty, not an institutional priority. To access this report, click here

First-Generation College Students and College Success


The League for Innovation in the Community College has published a blog post detailing the difficulties first-generation college students face in applying to colleges and universities as well as finishing their higher education. These students may face financial challenges, racial disparities, lack of family support, and more. To access this blog post, click here.   


Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine


Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine (HO) is a biweekly periodical that covers events, news, and ongoing trends that affect the multicultural institutions of the 21st century. HO has been an information news source and sole Hispanic educational magazine for the higher education community, and those involved in running institutions of higher learning, for 25 years. To learn more about this resource, click here.

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Flawed Campus Rape Policies Can Take Choices from Victims

Lansing State Journal, June 8, 2015


Working Together to Prepare Students for College Success

Community College Daily, June 4, 2015 


Texas Lawmakers Pass a Bill Allowing Guns at Colleges

The New York Times, June 2, 2015


Making Diversity Not the Work of One Office, but a Campus-Wide Priority 

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 1, 2015


Sex, Drugs, and Harvard's Class of 2015

USA Today, May 31, 2015


More Vets Graduating Local Colleges

UT San Diego, May 29, 2015


Have We Learned Anything from the Columbia Rape Case?

The New York Times Magazine, May 29, 2015


Fraternities' Ranks Swell at a Time of Intense Public Scrutiny

The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 28, 2015 


Washington Post, May 28, 2015 


Helm, H.W., Gondra, S.D. et al. (August 2015)  North American Journal of Psychology

Oswalt, S.B., Lederer, A. & Schrader, L.T. (July 2015) American Journal of Health Behavior

Egan, K.L. et al. (June 2015) The American Journal of Health

Rao, A.L., Asif, I.M., Drezner, J.A., Toresdahl, B.G. & Harmon, K.G. (May 2015) Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Lenk, K.M., Nelson, T.F., Erickson, D.J., & Toomey, T.L. (May 2015) Journal of College Student Development

Palmer, R.T., Wood, L., Dancy, E.T., & Strayhorn, T.L. (May 2015) Journal of College Student Development

Zografos, K., Krenz, V., Yarmo, K., & Alcala, E. (May 2015) Californian Journal of Health Promotion


Innovative Educators Webinar Schedule

June 2015 - September 2015


The League for Innovation in the Community College has released their upcoming webinar schedule. Topics such as: supporting transfer students, supporting multicultural males, assessing the effectiveness of programs for at-risk students, and more will be addressed in this summer series. To access this schedule and to register, click here

Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault: Strategies to Strengthen Community Collaboration to Respond to Survivors' Needs 

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 2:30-3:30 PM ET
Thursday, July 9, 2015, 2:30-3:30 PM ET
Thursday, August 13, 2015, 2:30-3:30 PM ET
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 2:30-3:30 PM ET

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in association with the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), is offering a webinar series that will provide strategies, practical tips, case studies, and resources to help domestic violence and sexual assault service providers improve outcomes for human trafficking survivors. Each webinar will highlight models for potential replication and features local and national subject matter experts. To learn more about this webinar series and its upcoming events, click here.


Off-Campus Student Risk: Your Campus Code of Conduct  

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


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on prevention and response to high risk student behavior taking place off-campus. Topics such as designing a flexible off-campus student life campus code of conduct, implementing specific strategies in off-campus student life risk, and auditing your off-campus student life policies will be discussed. To learn more about this event and to register, click here


Smoke- and Tobacco-free Campus Policies: An Update for 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET 


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on the smoke-and-tobacco free movement that is rapidly gaining ground on campuses across the U.S., and the challenges of e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.The webinar will cover topics such as effective advocacy strategies to promote tobacco-free campuses and understanding the implications, knowledge of new tobacco products, comprehensive, and evidence-based approaches guided by a model of campus smoke- or tobacco-free policies. To learn more about this event and to register, click here


Hazing Beyond Greek Life: Comprehensive Hazing Prevention on Your Campus

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on hazing, an issue of growing concern for colleges and universities around the country. The webinar will discuss topics such as the variance of motivations for hazing, strategic approach for adjudication and sanctioning hazing behaviors, key language and strategy to develop your own institutional definition of hazing, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.



Celebraci´┐Żn de Excelencia

September 22, 2015, Washington D.C.

Excelencia in Education is hosting a conference to nationally announce the 2015 examples of Excelencia. Programs and departments in colleges, universities and community-based organizations will be recognized for their positive impact on Latino student success at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels. To learn more and to register, click here.


ALASS Workshop

September 23, 2015, Washington D.C. 


Excelencia in Education is hosting a workshop with innovative professionals from across the country exchanging information on effective institutional strategies, powerful analysis, and first access to new resources. The event will discuss topics such as: how to grow examples of Excelencia in your institution and community, listening to student voices and supporting student actions and more. To learn more and to register, click here.

How Higher Education Can Lead: For Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and the Renewal of Democracy 

January 20-23, 2016, Washington D.C.


The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) is hosting the 2016 annual meeting which will focus on higher education's most pressing educational challenges. The Annual Meeting will share lessons learned from colleges and universities that are acting with a send of urgency to provide equitable access to quality education for all students, developing guided pathways to support students educationally and socio-culturally, implementing evidence-based educational practices that support student success at all levels, and more. To learn more and to register, click here


Alcohol Policy 17 

April 6-8, 2016, Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Alcohol Policy Alliance is hosting Alcohol Policy 17, a conference that convenes researchers, community practitioners, public officials, faith partners, and other concerned citizens primarily from North America. The event will continue to emphasize the importance of moving from evidence to action in alcohol policy research, development, implementation, enforcement, and evaluation. Registration will open in Fall 2015. To learn more, click here.

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