Higher Education
Volume 4 / Issue 1
September 30, 2015
In This Issue:

Safe Place: Trauma-Sensitive Practices for Health Centers Serving Students

The National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments has released a resource kit encompassing a broad range of material introducing and endorsing trauma-sensitive practice with an emphasis on sexual assault trauma. It is designed specifically for health center staff who serve as primary care providers to students in higher education. Safe Place is one in a diverse collection of tools commissioned by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. These tools are designed to supplement higher education efforts to develop campus-wide plans addressing sexual assault at their institutions. To access the resource kit, click here.

College Scorecard

On September 12, President Obama announced the new online federal college comparison database system, College Scorecard, which was developed by the U.S. Department of Education. The database enables students considering college and their families to explore higher education institutions and their programs across the United States and compare each based on financial aid eligibility and costs, graduation rates, and average income earned by graduates. To access this database, click here.

Department Awards $60 Million in First in the World Grants to 17 Colleges, Universities and Organizations

On behalf of the Obama Administration's agenda to encourage innovation in higher education institutions and increase access for all current and future students, the U.S. Department of Education has announced the second round of First in the World (FITW) grant awards. The 17 recipients, from 14 states, include: public, private and nonprofit four-year institutions; public two-year institutions; and educational agencies and organizations focused on college access and student data. Awards will fund projects for improving teaching and learning, improving student support services, developing and using new assessments of learning, and improving success in developmental education. To learn more, click here

Bright Spots in Hispanic Education Fulfilling America's Future

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Initiative made a national call for nominations to highlight the work of Bright Spots in Hispanic Education-programs, models, organizations, or initiatives that are helping promote and increase educational attainment within the Hispanic community in order to close the achievement gap. The initiative aims to motivate innovative thinking and encourage collaboration among stakeholders and organizations to better serve the Hispanic Population nationwide. To learn more, click here.

Planning Alcohol Interventions Using NIAAA's 
College AIM Alcohol Intervention Matrix

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has released a new resource to help schools address harmful and underage student drinking. The resource provides a user-friendly, matrix-based tool, CollegeAIM, for selecting and comparing research-based strategies that meet the needs of students at different college and university campuses. Developed with the input from leading college alcohol researchers, college student life staff, and alcohol and other drug program staff, the resource is intended to help schools choose interventions constructively and comparatively. To access this resource, click here
Ending Campus Sexual Assault Toolkit

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has released a toolkit providing resources to help campuses address sexual assault and raise awareness. These resources include ideas for programming, answers to frequently asked questions, and ideas for getting more active within a college campus through awareness campaigns and fund-raising. To access the toolkit, click here

Applications for HACU's Spring and Summer 2016 Internship Program 

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program has opened applications for its spring and summer 2016 sessions. Internship sessions will run from January 14- April 30, 2016, June 3- August 13, 2016, and June 17- August 27, 2016. The internship program is open to all majors and offers a mix of corporate and federal internships located in Washington, DC and other field locations through the United States. To learn more about the program and how to apply, click here.

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Back to School Issue

The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine has published their September issue, Back to School, featuring articles on how to support undocumented students and how to shift from advising to mentoring first year students as they become acclimated to university and college life. The issue also includes other articles exploring diversity on college campuses. To read this issue, click here.

League for Innovation Trends Report

The League for Innovation in the Community College, an international organization dedicated to improving community colleges, has published their sixth installment of their Trends Report, consisting of a compilation of research and surveys completed by 1,049 colleges and campus CEOs. The report identifies 7 key trend clusters that will challenge campus leaders and staff in the near future- access and completion, learning outcomes of cognitive and non-cognitive skills, learning models, capacity building, cross-sector partnerships, data and analytics, and career readiness. To access this report, click here.

Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct

In an effort to combat sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses, Members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) implemented a survey in order to better understand the attitudes and experiences of students regarding sexual assault.  The goal of publishing the survey results in a comprehensive report is to provide participating institutions of higher education (IHEs) and policymakers with information that will enable them to modify and improve existing policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault and misconduct. To access this report, click here

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Cosmopolitan, September 27, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 22, 2015

The Washington Post, September 21, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 21, 2015

The Huffington Post, September 17, 2015

The Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2015

The Wall Street Journal, September 15, 2015

The Florida Times Union, September 14, 2015

McGregor, I.P. (September 2015) Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice

Kiyama, J.M. et al (September 2015) ASHE Higher Education Report 

Aikins, R.D., Golub, A. & Bennett, A.S. (September 2015) Journal of American College Health

Riordan, B.C., Conner, T.S., Flett, T.A. & Scarf, D. (July 2015) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
Samson, J.E. & Tanner-Smith, E.E. (June 2015) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Electronic Cigarettes: Public Health Peril or Promise?
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 1-2 PM ET

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be hosting a Public Health Grand Rounds session regarding the use of electronic cigarettes. Similar to other monthly webcasts hosted by Public Health Grant Rounds, this session will explore cutting-edge scientific evidence and potential impact of different interventions. The session will also discuss recommendations for addressing challenges related to electronic cigarette use interventions and offer some insight on the direction that should be followed in future research and practice.  To learn more about this session and how to register, click here.

Basic Pharmacology of Commonly Misused Prescription Drugs
Monday, October 26, 2-3 PM ET

The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery will be hosting a webinar exploring the abuse of pain medications, sedatives, and stimulants. The webinar will be led by Dr. Lane J Wallace, PHD, Professor and Chair of the Division of Pharmacology at the Ohio State University of College of Pharmacy. The webinar will cover the side-effects of opioid pain medications, sedatives, and stimulants; reasoning behind misuses of extract medicines from capsules and tablets; and theories on why some people become addicted to prescription drugs and others do not. To learn more and register, click here.

Association on Higher Education and Disability 2015-2016 Webinars Series
Multiple dates, November 2015 - May 2016

The Association on Higher Education and Disability has announced their 2015-2016 webinar series- topics were selected based on requests sent by past participants. The webinars aim to expand thinking and enhance professional development regarding work around disability resources and services. To learn more about this webinar series, click here. To register for one webinar, or several, click here.

Campus Compact 2015-2016 Webinar Series
Multiple dates, October 2015 - May 2016

California Campus Compact (CACC) and Campus Compact of the Mountain West (CCMW), have announced their 2015-2016 webinar series, highlighting the promotion of civic learning and civic engagement.  The webinars will focus on specific programs and initiatives within the Campus Compact network that serve as exemplary models for other institutions. Registrations for all webinars are now open. To access a list of all the webinars in this series, click here. To register for any of the webinars, click here


Association of American Colleges & Universities 2016 Annual Meeting: How Higher Education Can Lead - On Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Democratic Renewal
January 20-23, 2016, Washington, DC

The Association of American Colleges & Universities will be hosting its annual meeting, focusing on the intersections of equity and quality within institutions of higher education. This meeting will also focus on discussions, frameworks, and tools introducing strategies for encouraging action in institutions to address disparities in achievement, workforce readiness and access. To learn more about this event, click here. To register for the event, click here.

37th Annual National Conference on Law and Higher Education
February 11-15, 2016, Orlando, FL

The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law, will be hosting its annual conference addressing legal compliance skills and knowledge. The conference will provide participants with intensive workshops and discussions on hot topics in Higher Education policy such as, Title IX, FERPA, investigator training, and disability law. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

National Campus Safety Summit
February 24-26, 2016, Las Vegas, NV

The National Campus Safety Summit on university safety will be bringing together leaders from higher education institutions across the country, federal and state officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security, and state emergency management agencies, and non-profit organizations involved in promoting safety in institutions of higher education. Sessions will cover topics such as university police, emergency and risk management; communication; and student safety- prevention programs and effective interventions addressing substance abuse and sexual assault. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities 21st National Capitol Forum
March 14-15, 2016, Washington, DC

The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities will be hosting its annual spring National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education. Members of the association and the partner colleges and universities will join public policymakers and key federal agency leaders to discuss strategies, challenges, and hot topics regarding the education of Hispanic students attending institutions of higher education. To learn more about this forum, click here. To register, click here.

Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities
April 3-5, 2016, Long Beach, CA

Lifesavers is dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by roadway accidents. Similar to previous conferences, the conference will bring together public health and safety professionals, researchers, volunteers and practitioners who are committed to sharing best practice approaches to road safety. The conference will provide participants with a variety of workshops, lectures, and networking opportunities. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition
July 12-14, 2016, Phoenix, AZ

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security will be hosting its seventh annual conference, providing opportunities to network, exchange ideas and collaborate with other professionals in the field of sports safety, and to learn about the latest technology and strategies for dealing with today's sports safety and security challenges. To learn more about this event, click here.

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