Higher Education
Volume 3 / Issue 18
June 24, 2015
In This Issue:


SART Toolkit: Resources for Sexual Assault Response Teams


The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs has released the Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) Toolkit, a resource to help survivors of sexual assault navigate through the maze of governmental and community agencies to obtain assistance. The SART Toolkit is a resource that's for both communities considering a SART response and communities that already have a coordinated response but want to make it better. To learn more and to access these resources, click here. 


SAMHSA: Underage Drinking Declined Between 2002 and 2013


A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) shows a significant decline in the level of underage alcohol consumption, as well as a drop in underage binge drinking. The report is based on SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report, an annual national survey of 67,500 Americans aged 12 and older. To learn more, click here. To read the full report, click here.

Informing Students about Campus Policies and Resources: How They Get the Message Matters


The University of New Hampshire's Prevention Innovations Research Center has released a report detailing a research study examining the efficacy of different methods to deliver campus sexual misconduct policy information to first year students. Sexual assault and attempted sexual assault of women is the most common violent crime committed on college campuses today with 8% of college men also reporting an attempted or completed assault while in college. Although various methods are used to deliver this information, little is known about how the delivery method impacts what is learned about policies and resources. To read this report, click here. To learn more about the center and its resources, click here.


Public Research Universities: Why They Matter

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has released a report detailing how and why public research universities are a foundational piece of the U.S. educational infrastructure. In 2013 public research universities enrolled approximately four million students nationwide-- an average of about eighty thousand students in each state, providing high-quality educational opportunities to students at all income levels. With reduced state investment, public research universities are forced to make difficult choices about institutional priorities. To access this report, click here.  

Diversity in Academe Spring 2015 

The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy have released a report describing the growing number of incoming students who are the first of their family to pursue higher education. The report depicts the challenges these students face, from the application process to paying off student debt after graduation, and explores the first-hand experiences of first-generation college students. To access the report, click here.

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Functioning and Effectiveness: Findings from the National SART Project

The National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS) has released a study focused on obtaining high-quality information on SARTs' operations and effectiveness in the real world, to inform efforts to support SARTs, and to promote their effectiveness. The report also provides an easy-to-use table to navigate various parts of the document. To learn more and to download this report, click here
Evolving Learning for the Digital Era: A Selection of News Articles from Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed has released Evolving Learning for the New Digital Era, its latest print-on-demand booklet. The articles focus on changing methods of teaching and learning, and the strategies used by different institutions. The booklet is available for download here. A free webinar on July 8th at 2 PM will discuss the booklet's themes. Sign up for the webinar here

Course, Counselor, and Teacher Gaps: Addressing the College Readiness Challenge in High-Poverty High Schools


Policy Solutions that Work for Low-Income People has released a paper with a new analysis of education data on high schools in the 100 largest school districts that highlights the role of inadequate K-12 preparation as a barrier to post-secondary success for students who live in poverty. The report specifically focuses on the stark differences in the quality of college preparation that high school students receive based on their schools' concentration of poverty. To learn more and to access this report, click here.   


Snapshot Report: Degree Pathways


The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has released a report detailing degree pathways and trajectories. For example, of all associate degrees earned in 2008-09 that were reported to the National Student Clearinghouse, 488,046 were found to be the first post-secondary credential earned by a student. 41% of these students went on to earn a bachelor's degree within six years. The report also details certificate trajectories. To read the full report, click here

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Another Challenge on Campus Sexual Assault: Getting Minority Students to Report It 

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18, 2015


LGBTQ Higher-ED Leaders to Convene for First-of-Its-Kind Conference

Windy City Times, June 17, 2015


Higher ED's Student Success HQs

University Business, June 16, 2015


New York's Lawmakers Agree on Campus Sexual Assault Laws

The New York Times, June 16, 2015


1 in 5 After All?

Inside Higher Ed, June 15, 2015


Nonprofits Step in to Support College Students Who Need it Most

PBS Newshour, June 15, 2015


Male Survivors of Sex Assaults Often Fear They Won't be Taken Seriously

The Washington Post, June 12, 2015


U. Of Oklahoma to Instate Mandatory Diversity Course

USA Today, June 11, 2015


Simons, R.M., Hahn, A.M., Simons, J.S. & Gaster, S. (June 2015)  
Journal of American College Health

Jeffers, A.J. et al. (June 2015) American Journal of Health Behavior

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

Vonderhaar, R.L. & Carmody, D.C. (June 2015) Journal of Interpersonal Violence 

McGinley, M., Rospenda, K.M., Liu, L. & Richman, J.A. (June 2015) 
Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Basile, K.C. (June 2015) New England Journal of Medicine


Diversity in the Student Body

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 2-3:00 PM ET


Inside Higher Ed is hosting a free webinar discussing the issue of under-represented minority students, the disadvantaged, those whose parents didn't go to college, more of whom are enrolling at rates proportional to their representation in the U.S population. The webinar will also discuss the debate about which policies can and should be used to recruit and enroll a diverse student body that many colleges find themselves in the middle of. To learn more, click here. To register for this event, click here

Title IX, VAWA & Clery: Training Your Student Employees 

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar discussing how to prepare student employees according to federal mandates. Many campus administrators are confused about what they must do and what they should do related to ongoing prevention and awareness efforts. Presenters will discuss topics such as effective training planning and execution strategies for educating student employees on Title IX, proven tips for collaborating with neighboring colleges/universities, working with agencies, recommended methods for getting buy-in from student employees, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.


Homeless & Food-Insecure Students on Campus: How to Engage, Serve & Support  

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET 


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on the growing percentage of homeless and food-insecure students on today's college campuses. The webinar will explore trends, tools and action steps from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. Presenters will discuss federal definitions of homeless youth and food insecurity and how to measure each among the student population, strategies to deconstruct the barriers these students face, how to improve campus support, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.  


Microaggressions: A Campus Climate Conversation with Maura Cullen

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


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar to discuss how to improve and assess the campus climate on college campuses. Insensitive comments are frequently dismissed but could be indicative of an undercurrent of racism or other social tension on campus. These microaggressions create a large divides and have a cumulative impact. Topics of discussion include strategies for creating a more inclusive and socially just community, ways to confront non-inclusive behaviors appropriately, tools for identifying personal bias and stereotypes, and more. To learn more and to register for this webinar, click here.


Autism on Campus: Serving and Supporting Students on the Spectrum

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar discussing the transition from high school to college for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). While students with ASD may come to college academically prepared, they are often underprepared socially. Attendees from the webinar will be able to take away an ASD Resource toolkit to help develop programming and policies to support the student population, tools to create a structure to ease students' transition from high school to a higher education setting, understanding of the diagnosis and impact of Autism Spectrum, and more. To learn more and to register, click here

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