Higher Education
Volume 4 / Issue 2
October 14, 2015
In This Issue:

Demographic and Enrollment Characteristics of Nontraditional Undergraduates

The National Center for Education Statistics has released a report examining an array of descriptive statistics and distribution trends regarding undergraduates with nontraditional characteristics enrolled in the 2011-12 academic year. The report defines nontraditional characteristics as: being independent for financial aid purposes, having one or more dependent, being a single caregiver, not having a traditional high school diploma, delaying post-secondary enrollment, attending school part time, and being employed full time. To access this report, click here.

Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT)

Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) is a national training and technical assistance system, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is committed to strengthening prevention systems and building the nation's behavioral health workforce. CAPT services include customized technical assistance, in-person training sessions, online events, collaboration opportunities, and information dissemination. Part of their work focuses on strategies for preventing underage drinking and substance use disorders among young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who are both in and out of college. To learn more, click here.

NIAAA Spectrum Volume 7, Issue 3

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has released the latest September issue of the NIAAA Spectrum. This issue features articles on NIAAA's vision for alcohol research, an announcement about the new CollegeAIM guidebook, a photo essay, and an interview with Dr. Sally Anderson, NIAAA Coordinator of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. To learn more about the NIAAA Spectrum issues, click here. To access Volume 7, Issue 3, click here.
Margolis Healy Campus Safety Survey 2015

Margolis Healy, a professional services firm specializing in higher education and K-12 campus safety, with input from the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), released their reported findings from an anonymous online survey conducted from April through May 2015. The survey was used to assess the current state of campus public safety in higher education institutions and confirm findings from other recently released reports. The survey covered: emergency preparedness, including hazard and vulnerability assessments and active shooter exercises; campus public safety, including department types and staffing; regulatory compliance, including Title XI concerns and annual security reports; study abroad safety and security; and social media use and monitoring on campus. To access this report, click here.

DataPoints: Disabilities Among Community College Students

The American Association of Community Colleges has published a new DataPoints examining the percentage and types of disabilities that students are community colleges have. The statistics presented are taken from a new federal study conducted during the 2011-12 school year. This new data shows that there has been an increase in the number of students reported to have a mental illness and attention deficit disorder (ADD) in comparison to the previous federal study conducted during the 2007-08 school year. To access this DataPoints, click here.

Drug-Impaired Driving: A Guide for What States Can Do

Dr. James Hedlund, former senior official with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has developed a new report in collaboration with advisory panel experts and researchers summarizing the current state of knowledge on the drug use of the nation's drivers. The report discusses the increase in drug-impaired driving and identifies actions, including effective strategies for implementing educational programs for young drivers and young adults, which states and other stakeholders can take to detect and prevent drug-impaired driving. To learn more, click here.

Illinois Ready to Respond Campus Recognition

Building on the Illinois' Ready to Respond effort, The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has introduced Ready to Respond Campus, a new program designed to enhance campus safety, preparedness, and response efforts at colleges and universities in Illinois through recognizing their efforts with an award certification and an approval to use the Ready Campus logo. The purpose of this program is to motivate higher education institutions to become more involved in preparedness activities, abide by a set of criteria outlined by IEMA, and develop a recognition campaign. To learn more about this program, click here.  

Strategizer 57: Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms through Commercial Host (Dram Shop) Liability

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) have introduced a new guide to assist state and local public health departments and communities in planning, implementing, and evaluating prevention strategies for addressing alcohol abuse and misuse. The recommendations are based on systematic reviews of research on the effectiveness of public health strategies. To access this guide, click here.

Sexual Assault and Rape on U.S College Campuses: Research Roundup

The Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy has published a summary and links to other resources relating to several reported cases of rape, sexual assault, and court rulings at institutions of higher education institutions. The summary also presents a selection of research studies that explore prevention, risks, and related cultural dynamics associated with sexual assault and rape. To access this summary, click here.

The Sobering Consequences of Underage Drinking

Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI) and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), have released a video featuring a panel of experts discussing the latest trends in underage drinking, the consequences of underage drinking on adolescent health, and intervention and prevention strategies. To access this video, click here.

Top 100 Minority Degree Producers Among Undergraduate Institutions of Higher Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has produced a database listing rankings of the institutions that grant the most degrees to minority students. The database allows the user to generate report rankings according to the total number of degrees awarded to minority students across disciplines. The database also provides users with comparison rates across school years as well as comparison rates across other schools offering the same discipline of study. To access this database, click here.

What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education

Excelencia in Education has produced a compendium recognizing selected programs that are making a positive difference in the educational achievement of Latino students in higher education. Although these programs do not serve Latino students exclusively, data demonstrate that they have been successful with this population. To access this compendium, click here.

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

The Bottom Line, October 10, 2015

The Huffington Post, October 7, 2015

Diverse: Issues in Education, October 6, 2015

Detroit Free Press, October 6, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 5, 2015

The New York Times, October 4, 2015

USA Today, October 3, 2015 

The Business Journal, September 30, 2015

Wolniak, G. et al (October 2015) Research in Higher Education

Ozburn, A. R., Janowsky, A.J. &  Crabbe, J. C. (October 2015) Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research 

Young, T.L. et al (October 2015) Journal of College Counseling

Poldin, O., Valeeva, D. & Yudkevich, M. (October 2015) Research in Higher Education

Kerr, D. C.R. et al (September 2015) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Scaglione, N. M. et al (September 2015) Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research 

Kenny, S. R. et al (August 2015) Journal of College Student Retention

Mandracchia, J.T. & Pendleton, S. (August 2015) Journal of College Student Retention 


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 Lane J. Wallace, Ph.D., 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 while others do not. To learn more and register, click here.

Preparing Military Veterans for Leadership and Success in Higher Education
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 2-3 PM ET

The American Council on Education will be hosting a webinar highlighting the Warrior-Scholar Project, an intensive college preparation course which is offered free of charge to military veterans. During the webinar, Sidney T. Ellington, Ph. D., will be discussing experiences working with the program, focusing on how it directly impacts and empowers military veterans who are interested in pursuing a college education. 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, 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.

2015 NASPA Student Affairs Law Conference
December 10-12, 2015, Washington, D.C.

The NASPA Foundation Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education will be hosting a conference focusing on recent legal trends in higher education law and policy development affecting the needs of institutions of higher education. The purpose of the conference is to help participants build their capacities for addressing pressing legal issues within their institutions. Presentations will cover: social media, protest, and the First Amendment on campus; mental health; managing risk and liability; sexual assault and compliance; and the Affordable Care Act implementation. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

26th CADCA National Leadership Forum
February 1-4, 2016, National Harbor, MD
SAMHSA's 12th Prevention Day
Monday, February 1, 2016, National Harbor, MD

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will be hosting the largest training conference for community-based substance abuse prevention professionals, coalition leaders and prevention and addiction researchers. The conference will allow practitioners to meet and educate federal leaders and members of Congress on the importance of supporting substance abuse prevention programs. To learn more about the Leadership Forum, click here. To learn more about Prevention Day, click here

2016 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success
March 17-19, 2016, Philadelphia, PA

The Association of American Colleges & Universities will be hosting a conference to examine existing paradigms in higher education that serve as catalysts for marginalization and intolerance, which are impeding the exploration and acceptance of differences within institutions. The conference is organized into sessions focusing on how to motivate collaborative action and higher levels of interactivity across institutions to advance student success. Participants will explore how to develop guided learning pathways and integrated approaches to diversity and student learning focused on problem-solving. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

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