Higher Education
Volume 3 / Issue 20
July 22, 2015
In This Issue:

Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014 

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), have released the 17th annual report on school crime and student safety. The report covers topics such as victimization, teacher injury, bullying and cyber-bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at post-secondary institutions. To learn more about this report, click hereTo read the report, click here


Transfer & Mobility: A National View of Student Movement in Post-Secondary Institution


The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has released their second report on transfer and mobility, which examines the multiple transfer pathways for the cohort of students who started post-secondary education in 2008. The report details how student enrollment patterns that involve multiple movements among two or more institutions and across state boundaries have become the new normal. This is demonstrating the need for a comprehensive view of student transfer and mobility to inform education policy making and institutional improvement efforts. To learn more and to read this report, click here.


Campus Pride National LGBTQ-Friendly College Fair Program

The Campus Pride Index is hosting its annual National College Fair program, a resource for LGBTQ and ally students that addresses their concerns related to academics, student life, and campus safety in nine different locations: Charlotte, NC; Roanoke, VA; Atlanta, GA; Vancouver, WA; Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C.; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; and Boston, MA. For more information and to register, click here.

Practitioners' Discussion of Implementing Clery/Title IX: Report on the Summit

In August 2014 a Summit was held to bring together campus officials to discuss unresolved issues around Title IX and other related legislation, including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Campus police administrators, deans of students, Title IX and Clery staff, and others met to work toward better compliance, not only with the letter of the law, but with the spirit of the law as well. The Summit provided detail on what was still needed for the application of the laws to decrease sexual violence trauma and also revealed how the survivor held substantial influence on how the process should transpire. 

The second Summit, in collaboration with the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) University and College Police Section, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), addressed the premise and intent of Title IX and Clery, as well as how the implementation of both acts needs to be more detailed. To read the white paper from the first summit, click hereTo read the white paper from the second summit, click here.  
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Miranda, R., Soffer, A., Polanco-Roman, L., Wheeler, A. & Moore, A. (July 2015) Journal of American College Health

Swartout, K.M., Koss, M.P., White, J.W., Thompson, M.P., Abbey, A. & Bellis, A.L. (July 2015) JAMA Pediatrics

Shenoy, D.P., Lee, C.& Leng Trieu, S.(July 2015) Journal of American College Health

Jenkins, D. (July 2015) Community College Journal

Marsh, C.N. & Wilcoxon, S.A. (July 2015) Journal of College Student Psychotherapy

DeJong, W. (July 2015) Journal of American College Health

Patterson Silver Wolf, D.A., VanZile-Tamsen, C., Black, J., Billiot, S.M. & Tovar, M. (July 2015) Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation



Helping Underserved Populations: Assessing Skills and Behaviors to Improve Student Success

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 1 - 2 PM ET


Diverse Education is hosting a webinar discussing the skill and behavior-based approach to student success using holistic and non-cognitive assessment that helps identify a student's likelihood for success, but also provides targeted strategies for focusing on the strengths and challenges that each student faces. The webinar will also feature an institutional story describing work to engage Hispanic and Latino students, explaining how this approach has helped foster and structure conversations around student success. To learn more and to register, click here.


Higher Education Access and Opportunity in a Shifting Legal Landscape

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 1 - 2 PM ET


Diverse Education is hosting a free webinar that will discuss key findings from the report Race, Class, and College Access: Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape, such as legislative influence on student outreach, recruitment, and admission decisions at selective American colleges and universities, how and to what effect institutions are using race-conscious and race-neutral strategies to ensure student diversity, and more. To learn more and to register, click here

Responding to Suicide Clusters on College Campuses 
Monday, August 20, 2015, 1:30 - 5 PM ET

The JED Foundation is hosting a two-part web conference that will discuss suicide prevention and college mental health, and the current understanding of suicide clusters on college campuses as well as in other settings. Topics of discussion will include the epidemiology and demographics of suicide clusters, what we know about settings in which clusters are more likely to occur, how to reduce the risk of contagion through effective communication, intervention, and post intervention on- and off- campus. To learn more and to register, click here.


Academic Freedom & Title IX: Balancing Competing Interests

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 2 - 3:30 PM ET


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar discussing the duality of respecting academic freedoms and upholding Title IX compliance. Allegations of hostile environments and reminders of First Amendment rights are leaving colleges and universities struggling to meet diverse and demanding needs. The webinar will provide participants with resources to evaluate Title IX policies and procedures with respect to First Amendment requirements, strategies to improve instructional design, tolls that will enable better training to Title IX investigators, and more. To learn more and to register, click here


Entitlement on Campus: Managing Student Wants vs. Student Rights

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 2 - 3:30 PM ET


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar to discuss the growing sense of entitlement on college campuses expressed by students and, sometimes, parents. The webinar will evaluate, examine, and audit the messages students and families hear from institutions, identify the difference between customer service and student service, develop effective and successful responses when dealing with entitlement, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.


Student Organization Conduct & Sanctioning: A Thorough & Effective Framework

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 2 - 3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is holding a webinar to discuss how the increasing number of diverse student organizations has contributed to the increasingly complex institutional conduct system. The webinar will describe a framework for designing organization/team/club sanctions that make a difference. Topics will also include strategies to effectively use information gained through investigative reports, how to conduct meeting dialogues and valuable community norms to inform student organizations, successful methods for addressing what an organization needs to change in order to meet community standards, and more. To learn more and to register, click here



Leading the Way in College Access to Attainment

September 28 - 30, 2015


The National College Access Network (NCAN)'s 20th annual conference will have workshop sessions focused on 21st century skills and workforce readiness, collective impact and networks, and college access and opportunity to help attendees serve students more effectively and efficiently. A pre-conference workshop on Data Collection, Usage and Evaluation can be registered for separately, here. To learn more and to register for the full conference, click here

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