Higher Education
Volume 4 / Issue 4
November 12, 2015
In This Issue:

Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth: A Guide for Success in Secondary and Post-secondary Settings

The U.S. Department of Education has released a resource guide for teachers, school leaders, and community organizations providing educational services that support undocumented youth, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, in high school and institutions of higher education. The guide provides information on the legal rights and state policies regarding undocumented high school and college students, a list of resources about financial aid opportunities and guidance on applying for DACA. The guide also provides tips and advice for educators on how to support these students and offers contact information for getting additional help. To access this guide, click here.

CDC's Summer Program in Environmental Health: Call for Summer Intern Applications

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is accepting applications through February 3, 2016 for a 10 week paid summer environmental internship for undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Health. Interns will spend the summer learning about environmental health work at the local, state, tribal, and federal level as they shadow senior officials and scientists during site visits to local public health departments. Interns will also be tasked with attending brown-bag lunches with CDC staff to discuss environmental health topics and to make presentations at CDC staff meetings. To learn more, click here. To apply, click here.
American Association of Community Colleges Next Big Things Toolkit

The American Association of Community Colleges has released the Next Big Things toolkit, which includes a set of sample templates that community colleges can use when designing promotional materials announcing new programs and initiatives that support student success and preparation for entering the workforce. The toolkit includes a sample press release, sample letters, sample social media posts, sample blog posts, and a PowerPoint template. To access this toolkit, click here.  

College in the Crosshairs: An Administrative Perspective on Prevention of Gun Violence

The new book College in the Crosshairs provides higher education leaders and other stakeholders with a comprehensive analysis of gun violence and prevention strategies. The book addresses concerns related to student mental health, the prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse on campus, and polices allowing guns on campus. Authors examine these concerns by analyzing the relationships between trend lines of recent incidents of gun violence, the motives of perpetrators, and other underlying factors associated with substance abuse and mental health. Best practices for violence prevention and guidance on developing more efficient emergency plans are also offered. To learn more, click here

Multicultural Education: A Renewed Paradigm of Transformation and Call to Action

In honor of their 25th anniversary, the National Association for Multicultural Education has released a new book, Multicultural Education: A Renewed Paradigm of Transformation and Call to Action, which addresses a number of topics in education through a multicultural lens, including curriculum and instruction, high stakes testing, intersectionality, globalization of education, research trends, and teacher preparation. To learn more, click here.

Serving Their Share: Some Colleges Could Be Doing a Much Better Job Enrolling and Graduating Low-Income Students

The Institute for Higher Education Policy has released a new report outlining ways colleges and universities can address barriers to access and attainment for underserved students, particularly Pell Grant recipients from low-income backgrounds. The report lists 10 public institutions that are failing to enroll as many low-income, high achieving students as they could and features tips from interviews with administrators from access-improving institutions for addressing these enrollment patterns. To access this report, click here

Trauma, Environmental Stressors, and the African-American College Student: Research, Practice, and HBCUs

Research Fellow at Morgan State University, Dr. Larry Walker, has published his research findings which examine the impact singular or continuous traumatic events have on the academic performance and social emotional functioning of students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The study also examined that effect of the HBCU environment and concludes with recommendations that HBCUs should consider implementing to ensure students have accessibility to the proper programs and supports that meet their needs. To access this report, click here.

Toolkit for Addressing High-Risk Behaviors

American Institutes for Research (AIR), through funding from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAR), is creating a new web-based toolkit for college student leaders to help them keep dangerous drinking and sexual behaviors of their student organization members in check. AIR is currently looking for pilot institutions and student leaders to take part in a Student Leader Working Group. Student leaders will review and provide input on the toolkit. For more information, contact Thomas Workman, Ph.D. 

American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Excellence and Innovation Awards

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has released a video announcing the 2015 AASCU Awards for Excellence & Innovation. The winners include the recipients of the Advances in Student Success and College Completion Award, Cleveland State University and Western Kentucky University; recipients of the Regional and Economic Development Award, California State University, Long Beach, and the University of West Georgia; and the recipients of the International Education Award, California State University, Fresno, and Northwest Missouri State University. To access the video, click here.

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

Washington Post, November 10, 2015

The Hechinger Report, November 4, 2015

NCAA, November 4, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter, November 3, 2015

Public Radio International, November 1, 2015

The New York Times, October 30, 2015

FOX 8, October 29, 2015

Campus Safety Magazine, October 28,2015

Flack, W. F. et al. (December 2015) Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Steinka-Fry, K. T., Tanner-Smith, E.E., & Grant, S. (November 2015) Addictive Behaviors

Emery, N. N. & Simons, J. S. (November 2015) Addictive Behaviors

Holliday, R. et al. (October 2015) Journal of Hispanic Higher Education

Shupp, M. R., Brooks, F. & Schooley, D. (October 2015) Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly

Albashiry, N. M., Voogt, J. M., & Pieters, J. M. (October 2015)
Community College Journal of Research and Practice

Kaier et al. (October 2015) Journal of College Student Development

Blonigen, D. M. et al (September 2015) Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Collaboration Through Engagement: Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 2-3:30 PM ET

The Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice will be hosting the last webinar in the 2015 Bridging the Gap Webinar Series on sexual assault and domestic violence against people with disabilities and deaf individuals. This webinar will focus on sexual assault and violence prevention initiatives among the deaf and hard of hearing community. To learn more, click here.

Cultural Competence in Hazing Prevention
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 3-4:30 PM ET

Members of culturally-based fraternal organizations (CBFOs) on campus sometimes make remarks like, "You are not in our organization so you don't understand!" when they interact with staff advisors who are either unaffiliated with or unaccustomed to working with CBFOs. Advisors may be at a loss in understanding the cultural and interpersonal dynamics at play in these groups. Since hazing presents itself in various forms in CBFOs, this StopHazing webinar provides information staff need to know to mitigate against this disconnect in their efforts to address and prevent hazing. To register, click here

Latino/a Student Success: Implications for Student Affairs Practitioners
Thursday, November 19, 2015 2-3 PM ET

The ACPA Commission for Two-Year Colleges will be sponsoring a webinar to provide an overview of issues, literature, and current state of the Hispanic/Latina/o population in higher education. The webinar will also be providing opportunities for discussing the connection between current research and theory and their practical applications. To register, click here


18th Annual League for Innovation in the Community College Conference
March 20-23, 2016, Chicago, IL

The League for Innovation in the Community College will be hosting its annual Innovations conference to bring together dedicated professionals working to improve organizational teaching and learning in community colleges around the world. The focus of this international conference is on leadership, workforce preparation and development, student achievement, and skills training. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

2016 ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute
June 21-24, 2016, Charlotte, NC

ACPA College Student Education International will be hosting a professional learning event through their Student Affairs Assessment Institute. The event will help professionals working in higher education student affairs with developing the essential skills needed to efficiently run quality assessment projects and programs in their campuses. The event will feature different learning sessions which build off one another. To learn more, click here.

Third Annual Campus Safety & Security National Forum
July 27-29, 2016, National Harbor, MD

Campus Safety Magazine will be hosting its 3rd annual National Forum, offering education and training on safety and security issues prevalent on education campuses of all levels nationwide. Event planners are still looking for speakers and organizations interested in volunteering as presenters. To learn more about the event and ways to get involved, click here.

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