Higher Education
Volume 3 / Issue 24
September 16, 2015
In This Issue:

U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Letter to Michigan State University

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has resolved its investigation of two sexual violence complaints filed against Michigan State University. The university, which has taken important, positive, steps to provide and maintain a safe learning environment for everyone on campus, entered into a resolution agreement to correct violations found during OCR's investigation. Prior to and during the course of OCR's investigation, the university made revisions to its Title IX policies and procedures in an effort to correct several Title IX compliance concerns. The resolution agreement commits the university to implement extensive remedies to address the concerns OCR identified. To learn more and to read a copy of the resolution letter and the agreement, click here.
National Campus Safety Awareness Month

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM). The Clery Center for Security on Campus will be turning knowledge into action through their Know More, Do More campaign. Signing in will provide access to the NCSAM Roadmap where participants can be enlightened with the knowledge to help students, colleagues, or friends. Information on actions that can be taken to protect campus communities will also be provided. To learn more and to register to join, click here 

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence 

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence, hosted by Boston University, is an online newsletter summarizing the latest clinical relevant research on alcohol, illicit drugs, and health -- issues that are prominent among students in the higher education community. The newsletter provides information to improve clinical teaching, practice, and research by featuring summaries of important alcohol and other drug research published in peer-reviewed journals, downloadable teaching presentations, and more. To view and download the latest issue, click here.

Community Partnership for Attainment

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) has announced The Community Partnership for Attainment, a community mobilization initiative designed to dramatically increase the number of local residents with postsecondary credentials. This effort, funded by Lumina Foundation, connects participating cities with significant technical and planning assistance, data tools, flexible funding, and special access to a powerful network of national thought leaders. The program recognizes that engaging populations who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education is paramount in raising community degree attainment and supporting social and economic equity. To learn more about this resource, click here.

American Council on Education Innovative Practices: Quick Hit Series

The American Council on Education is introducing a series of "Quick Hit" papers, briefs on current and emerging topics in the realm of education attainment and innovation. This project will provide up-to-date information and thinking on emerging trends to higher education leaders, policymakers, and others. To learn more and to access the current papers in the series, click here

Center for Education Attainment and Innovation

The American Council on Education is providing adult learner-oriented higher education programs and offers a wide range of initiatives that support postsecondary access and success. GED testing, evaluation of military and workforce training, web portals and navigation tools, and educational pathways are key program areas that demonstrate ACE's longstanding commitment to adult learners. To learn more about this program and its resources, click here.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 8, 2015

News & Record, September 8, 2015

The Telegraph, September 6, 2015

Inside Higher Ed, September 4, 2015

The Daily Pennsylvanian, September 4, 2015

Pride Source, September 3, 2015

The PBS Newshour, September 2, 2015

USA Today, September 2, 2015

For more news clips, visit Stay Connected on the NCSSLE website!

Rodriguez, L.M., Young, C.M., Tomkins, M.M., Dibello, A.M., Krieger, H. & Neighbors, C. (January 2016) Addictive Behaviors

Fazzino, T.L., Rose, G.L. & Helzer, J.E. (September 2015) Addictive Behaviors

Simons, J.S., Clarke, C.J., Simons, R.M. & Spelman, P.J. (September 2015) Addictive Behaviors

Gummadam, P. Pittman, L.D. & Ioffe, M. (September 2015) The Journal of Experimental Education

Drouin, M., Ross, J. & Tobin, E. (September 2015) Computers in Human Behavior

Tennant, J.E., Demaray, M.K., Coyle, S. & Malecki, C.K. (September 2015) Computers in Human Behavior

Scaglione, N.M., Mallett, K.A., Turrisi, R., Reavy, R., Cleveland, M.J. & Ackerman, S. (September 2015) Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 

Shepardson, R.L. & Hustad, J.T.P. (August 2015) Nicotine & Tobacco Research

Recovery Month at the White House: Young and in Recovery
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7 PM ET

The White House is recognizing September as Recovery Month and will be celebrating the stories of young people who are in recovery and are helping other do the same. There will be a live webcast with the Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli and recovery champions who will share their powerful stories of youth and young adults in recovery. They will also share ideas for what can be done in schools and communities to help with this issue. To learn more and to register, click here.

Driving Student Success: Using Holistic Assessment to Improve Retention and Completion Rates
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:00 PM GMT

Innovative Educators (IE) is hosting a webinar that will review findings that show that success in college takes more than academic skills. Non-cognitive factors such as time management, motivation, self-efficacy, and social connections play enormous roles in student success. Institutions can benefit by understanding students' strengths and vulnerabilities or whether they are motivated to persevere and succeed. To learn more and to register, click here

Training Students on Relationship Violence Prevention: An Overview of the Escalation Workshop
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 1-2:00 PM ET

The Clery Center for Security on Campus is hosting a webinar on the One Love Foundation, an organization aiming to end relationship abuse by educating, empowering, and activating young people in a movement for social change. One Love's Escalation workshop educates participants about the warning signs of relationship abuse and the webinar will feature the Escalation film as well as an overview of the workshops. To learn more and to register, click here.

Title IX Documentation & Evidence: Strategies for Compliant Collection, Sharing & Storage
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

PaperClip Communications is hosting a webinar on how to properly document and store Title IX evidence. Responsible documentation and recordkeeping practices are critical because these practices impact your ability to appropriately respond to Office of Civil Rights complaints or potential litigation. Presenters on this webinar will explain the nuances of documentation and recordkeeping as well as how Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), record retention requirements and institutional policies apply. To learn more and to register, click here.

The Clery Act & Primary Prevention
Tuesday, September, 29, 2015, 1-2:00 ET

The Clery Center for Security on Campus is hosting a webinar on the 2013 amendments to the Clery Act that have placed an emphasis on the prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, particularly through primary prevention. The webinar will focus on practical strategies for addressing these requirements on campus such as emphasizing techniques for integrating bystander intervention and engaging men on campus, as well as outlining concrete examples for inclusion in campus programs. To learn more and to register, click here.


Alcohol Policy 17 Conference: Evidence to Action
April 6-8, 2016, Arlington, VA

Alcohol Policy (17) is hosting a conference that will convene researchers, community practitioners, public officials, faith partners and other concerned citizens. This event will emphasize the importance of moving from evidence to action in alcohol policy research, development, implementation, enforcement and evaluation. Registration will open Fall 2015. To learn more about this conference, click here.

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