Higher Education
Volume 3 / Issue 21
August 6, 2015
In This Issue:

The Future of Higher Education in America

The U.S. Department of Education has released an article on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's new vision for higher education in America. Duncan calls for a higher education system that will not only make college affordable but will also focus on whether students are actually graduating in a timely way with a meaningful degree that will prepare them for future success. To access this article, click here.

Innovation and Quality in Higher Education

The U.S. Department of Education has released an article describing the many changes that will affect institutions of higher education in the future. The demand for higher education is increasing well beyond the capacity of traditional institutions, especially now when some kind of post-secondary degree or credential is essential in today's economy. The U.S. Department of Education is interested in focusing the ongoing conversations about what quality assurance might look like in an era of rapidly expanding education options not part traditional institutions of higher education. To access this article, click here.


UReport from The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery


The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery(HECAOD)'s UReport provides the latest information about college alcohol and drug misuse prevention and recovery. The UReport is issued three times each month and includes a short summary and links to the original source. One issue per month will include a brief interview with one of the researchers featured. To learn more about the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery, click here. To subscribe to UReport, click here.


Race, Class, & College Access

The American Council on Education has released a new report examining contemporary admissions practices at four-year colleges and universities. The report, co-authored by Pearson's Center for College & Career Readiness and the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), examines contemporary admissions practices across a wide range of selectivity in the context of recent legal challenges to race-conscious admissions. To learn more about report, click here. To access this report, click here.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week

The Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU) has announced that National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) week will be observed September 14-20, 2015. Each year, HACU Government Relations office works with several members of Congress to recognize the contributions of HSIs in their communities and submits a proclamation request to the White House. The HACU has shared a number of ways Hispanic-Serving Institutions can celebrate the week on campus. For more information, click here

A New Measure for Collegiate Learning

The Chronicle of Higher Education has released a report detailing how colleges and universities are starting to look beyond the traditional credit hour and are comparing different innovative approaches to student learning. The report discusses topics such as how presidents perceive the value of competency-based education on campus, what the potential barriers to change are, the pitfalls to avoid, and more. To access this report, click here.

Training & Certification from ATIXA

The Association of Title Administrators (ATIXA) is offering Title IX training and a number of certification courses that meet the growing demand for new and unique professional development opportunities. The training will offer level one, level two, level three, level four, and level five certification courses. To learn more and to register, click here.   

First Generation Voices

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has announced First Generation Voices, a multimedia project highlighting the stories of first generation college students at AASCU campuses. The stories, which can be submitted as audio, video or written narratives, will be featured on the AASCU website, along with biographical information about the student and their institution. To learn more about this project, click here
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University of Cincinnati Police Office Indicated on Murder Charge 

Diverse Education, July 29, 2015


New Tuition Insurance Program Protects Students from Unforeseeable Circumstances

USA Today, July 28, 2015


Affirmative Consent: Are Students Really Asking?

The New York Times, July 28, 2015


Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection

The New York Times, July 27, 2015


George Washington University Applicants No Longer Need to Take Admissions Test

The Washington Post, July 27, 2015


Sexual Assault Measures Aim to Unify Colleges' Responses in California

The Los Angeles Times, July 27, 2015


Campus Police Patrolling Off the Campus? Sure, but the Rules Vary

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 24, 2015


1:5 Students are "High Thrivers" in U.S. Colleges

eCampus News, July 22, 2015


Coulter, R.W.S., Blosnich, J.R., Bukowski, L.A., Herrick, A.L., Siconolfi, D.E. & Stall, R.D. (July 2015) Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Mitchell, L.L. & Syed, M.(July 2015) Journal of Youth and Adolescence

Chesin, M.S.& Jeglic, E.L. (July 2015) Archives of Suicide Research

Xu, Y. (July 2015) The Journal of Higher Education

McMahon, S., Peterson, N.A, Winter, S.C., Palmer, J.E., Postmus, J.L.& Koenick, R.A.(July 2015) Journal of American College Health

Egan, K.L. et al. (July 2015) The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Gathuru, I.M., Tarter, R.E.& Klein-Fedyshin, M. (June 2015) The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse


Preparing for the Red Zone: Tackling Sexual Assault on Campus

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 12:30 - 1:30 PM ET


Stetson Law is hosting a webinar to discuss current research on the "red zone," which occurs every fall when students flood back to campus and an increase of sexual violence follows, particularly among freshman and sophomores. Administrators need to be prepared to prevent and address the risk of violence on campus. The webinar will touch on topics such as discussing prevention programming, delving into federal compliance responses to reports of sexual violence on campus, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.


Sports and Special Events Security Planning: Best Practices

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 2 - 3 PM ET


The National Center for Campus Public Safety is hosting a webinar to discuss best practices for safety and effectively managing large on-campus events. The terrorist incidents on September 11, 2001, changed the way to look at security planning and management. Those who were tasked with planning and managing sports and special event security prior to September 11, 2001 primarily planned for traffic, parking, crowd management, and an occasional weather related incident. This has all changed and continues to evolve. To learn more and to register, click here.  

Alcohol, Sexual Assault, & Sexual Violence: Strategies for Prevention & Education
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 2 - 3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on moving beyond compliance and ensuring a safe and secure campus, which means being able to address wellness issues in conjunction with sexual assault and violence education. The webinar will not only provide an overview of what is required of institutions of higher education but also practical methods for addressing substance abuse in a way that has meaning and context for students. To learn more and to register, click here.  


Student Behavior Online: Setting Community Policies & Standards For Your Campus

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


PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on how an increasing number of colleges and universities are connecting with students online and how digital interactions are thriving in higher education before and after students arrive to campus. Social, open and interactive technologies provide an opportunity to facilitate interactivity and encourage connectivity, but these tools are coming to campus without much strategic planning foresight. The webinar will discuss how other higher education institutions are guiding social media and online use within their sector, the challenges students face in online and digital platforms, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.


Generation Z on Your Campus: Meeting the Needs of the Next Generation 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 2 - 3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on the needs that should be considered as the next generation of students, Generation Z (Gen Z), start college. The strategies and methods used in the past may not be successful with incoming students. This webinar will address topics such as how to identify and articulate emerging traits and behaviors of the incoming Gen Z students, how to get and keep their attention, how to implement specific strategies that respond to the uniqueness of Gen Z, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.  

Hazing Liabilities: Advisors, Coaches & Professionals
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 2 - 3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on hazing, which goes well beyond being a student problem. When campus professionals, alumni, and affiliates are aware of, see, or participate in hazing it creates a maze of liability, danger, and crisis for campus. This webinar will discuss the framework for hazing prevention education, strategies, and resources used to facilitate the design and implement an institutional definition of hazing, current data that will inform the content of training programs, and more. To learn more and to register, click here.



Enhancing the Campus & Community Response to Adult Sexual Assault: A Team Approach 

August 31, 2015 - September 1, 2015, Hampden-Sydney, VA

September 2-3, 2015, Williamsburg, VA


The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is hosting a two-day training on how to enhance the campus and community response to adult sexual assault. With emerging research on the impact of trauma on sexual assault victims, communities are beginning to change the way they respond to this crime. To learn more and to register, click here.


NACAC's 71st National Conference

October 1-3, 2015, San Diego, CA


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is hosting a professional development conference. The conference will have a number of activities including workshops, keynote speakers, education and networking opportunities, a college fair, and more. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.


Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) Grantsmanship Institute

November 5-7, 2015, Fullerton, CA


The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) conference will provide interactive, hands-on training through technical assistance sessions on the full spectrum of achieving Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status, competing for the upcoming 2016 Title III Part F (HSI STEM & Articulation) competitions, looking at other HSI grant opportunities, and effectively managing the successful awards. To learn more and to register, click here.  

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