Higher Education
Volume 4 / Issue 5
November 25, 2015
In This Issue:


Addressing the Problem of Sexual Assault on College Campuses Together

Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Catherine Lhamon, and other staff at the U.S. Department of Education recently met with 11 college students from the Chicago area for a round table discussion on sexual assault on college campuses and related policies. The purpose of the round table was for policy leaders to hear different recommendations from students on improving the quality of learning environments and college safety. Students provided insight on sexual assault training for students, the effect professors can have on establishing safe learning environments, the need for effective communication strategies, and suggestions for what the U.S. Department of Education can do to better meet the needs of students. To learn more, click here.

What if Bears Killed One in Five People?

College Humor has recently partnered with the White House It's On Us campaign to create a video on the commonly-cited statistic that one in five female college students will experience sexual assault by the time they graduate. The video shows a group of men arguing over what to do over a bear in a house that is trying to attack them. In presenting this scene, College Humor brings attention to the fact that sexual assault is something that cannot and should not be ignored. To watch this video, click here.

CDC's New Prevention Research Centers Website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the launch of their new and improved Prevention Research Centers (PRC) website. Prevention Research Centers is a network of 26 academic research centers that study how people and their communities can avoid or counter the risks for chronic illnesses. The new site offers quick and easy ways to access information related to PRC research topical areas, including Center descriptions and a searchable project database. To access the website, click here.  

Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage and High-risk Drinking

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is inviting higher education campuses and communities to host a town hall meeting on addressing underage and high-risk drinking as part of the 2016 national Town Hall Meeting initiative. For more information on hosting a town hall, go to SAMHSA's website for tips and resources, creative ideas to get started, and success stories. To better understand what a town hall meeting is like, watch the West Virginia University-Morgantown 2014 Town Hall Meeting by clicking here.
Campuses and/or communities that wish to host a Town Hall Meeting may email their contact name, title, email address, and phone number. Invitees will receive notice in January 2016 and are eligible for a $500 planning stipend to plan one or more Town Hall Meetings at any time during the year. To learn more about this SAMHSA initiative, click here.

Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a guide and video for parents which provides helpful information on talking to their college-bound young adults about alcohol use consequences. The two resources focus primarily on the academic and health consequences of underage drinking during the first year of college. To learn more, click here.
7 Best Practices in Emergency Notifications

Regroup, an emergency and mass notification system, has released a white paper providing tips and suggestions for improving emergency notification strategies during a crisis. The white paper includes best practices pertaining to constructing effective emergency notifications that are optimized across multiple communication channels, developing effective contact database maintenance, training administrators and ensuring they are readily available when a crisis occurs, and developing strategic partnerships with public safety agencies. To access the white paper, click here.

10 Steps to Creating a Campus Security Master Plan

Campus Safety Magazine has recently published guidance materials outlining a 10- step process for creating a campus security plans in healthcare or educational institutions. The steps include recommendations for designing a plan, establishing goals, ensuring strategic systems of communication, and building infrastructure capacities. To learn more, click here.  

New Insights About GLBQ College Students of Color

The Ohio State University's Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) has released their national report titled, Beyond Coming Out: New Insights About GLBQ College Students of Color. The report highlights major findings from CHEE's research studies on the "coming out" experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, non-heterosexual, same gender loving, or other sexual orientation identifying GLBQ college students, particularly students of color. The purpose of the report is to capture how GLBQ college students of color identify, how they deploy sexual identity labels, and how their identity impacts their experiences in the college setting. To access this report, click here.  

Bringing Equity and Quality Learning Together

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) has published a new report, Bringing Equity and Quality Learning Together: Institutional Priorities for Tracking and Advancing Underserved Students' Success. The report highlights the findings from the National Survey of AAC&U Member Chief Academic Officers (2015) and from structured interviews conducted with school personnel at minority-serving, predominantly white institutions. The report focuses on data related to goal-setting and priorities for diversity, equity, and student success in both completing degrees and achieving key learning outcomes. To access this report, click here.  

Callisto: A College Sexual Assault Reporting System

Initially launched in August 2015 at the University of San Francisco and Pomona College, Callisto was created by a team of innovators dedicated to creating websites that address sensitive issues in sexual health and well-being. Callisto websites provide students with an online forum for recording incidents of sexual assault, accessing more information on school and district specific reporting protocols, and a database that alerts schools when an assailant has assaulted multiple people. To learn more, click here.   

Campus Pride 2015-2016 Purple Backpack Resource Guide

Campus Pride has released its annual resource guide containing campus tools to support institutions of higher education in making campus more LGBTQ friendly and safe. The guide features annual event and conference listings, organizing tips for fundraising and event planning, brainstorming and student organization team-building tools, campus safety and inclusion check-lists, and other resources. To learn more, click here

Core Principles for Transforming Remediation Within a Comprehensive Student Success Strategy

In 2012, the Charles A. Dana Center, Complete College America, Education Commission of the States, and Jobs for the Future, partnered in developing the Core Principles for Transforming Remediation. This year, they have reconvened along with Achieving the Dream and the American Association of Community Colleges to update the principles to focus even greater attention on scaling practices that can provide all students with guidance, support and skills they need to succeed academically and in the workforce. To learn more, click here.

The Dangers and Impacts of College Hazing: Research Roundup

The Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy has published a compilation of academic research and other reports pertaining to college hazing. The selected resources are intended to help inform journalists, students, and institutions of higher education about the most current and accurate information on hazing. To learn more, click here.

Gallup- USA Funds Minority College Graduates Report

Gallup and USA Funds have released a report summarizing the findings from their study on post-graduate experiences of students who attended four-year institutions of higher education. The study illustrates that many graduates, particularly those from different racial or ethnic backgrounds, went on to have great jobs and successful lives after graduating. The study provides important insights for educators, employers, alumni, and prospective students about the factors that contribute to successful jobs and experiences after graduation. To access this report, click here.

Going Beyond the Focus on Active Shooter Drills

In response to the growing concern over the prevalence of incidents of active shooters on campus, Campus Safey Magazine has developed a guidance document providing three best practices for making active shooter response training a priority on campuses. Additionally, the document encourages campuses to adopt prevention programs that identify mental health issues and responsive intervention teams that can provide counseling and guidance to students, faculty, and staff who are in crisis. To learn more, click here.

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

U.S. News & World Report, November 19, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 19, 2015

The Daily Pennsylvanian, November 19, 2015

Teen Vogue, November 18, 2015

The Washington Post, November 17, 2015

The Daily Californian, November 17, 2015

The Huffington Post, November 17, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 16, 2015

Newman, L.A. & Madaus, J. W. (December 2015) Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals 

Wolfe, B.L.& Dilworth, P. P. (December 2015) Review of Educational Research 

Mallett, K.A. et al. (November 2015) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Brown, K. R. & Coomes, M. D. (November 2015) Community College Journal of Research and Practice

Bravo, A. J., Prince, M. A. & Pearson, M. R. (November 2015) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 

Carey, K. B et al (November 2015) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Cheney, M. K. et al (November 2015) American Journal of Health Education

Deterding, N. M. (October 2015) Sociology of Education

Community Organizing on Behalf of Latino Student Success: A Case Study of the Unidos Project in New Mexico
Monday, November 30, 2015, 1-2 PM ET

Excelencia in Education will be hosting a webinar about a sustainable, culturally relevant, and unique community organizing model and its potential for improving Latino student success. The model is based on work done in New Mexico through the Unidos Project. The webinar will focus on how this model can be adopted by other Hispano/Latino serving communities. To register, click here.

Campus Public Safety Online: Behavioral Threat Assessment
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 2-3 PM ET

The National Center for Campus Public Safety will be hosting a webinar in partnership with the University of Vermont's Continuing and Distance Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. This webinar will feature an overview of best practices in campus threat assessment, components of effective campus threat assessment programs, and steps in the threat assessment process. To learn more and to register, click here

Brief Interventions for Adolescents
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 3-5 PM ET

Abt Associates will be hosting a webinar featuring speakers from the BNI ART Institute at the Boston University of Public Health. Experts in SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment) implementation will be discussing the brief negotiated interviewing model for adolescents. They will also touch on key considerations for administering the model to youth. This event may interest campus prevention professionals as brief interventions have shown promise in reducing high-risk alcohol use and other risky behaviors. To register, click here

Judicial Best Practices for Mid-Level Practitioners
Thursday, December 17,2015, 1-2 PM ET

ACPA College Student Educators International will be hosting a webinar for conduct officers and other school personnel tasked with advising students. The webinar will highlight strategies and tips for helping individuals support themselves and their colleagues through the judicial process, reacting appropriately to student's reactions when they do not hold themselves accountable for their own actions, and navigating through difficult situations in student advising. To learn more and register, click here.


Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
March 22-24, 2016, San Francisco, CA

The Carnegie Foundation will be hosting its annual summit to convene innovative thinkers and dedicated practitioners, from all levels of education, to discuss ideas on how to transform learning and education quality to meet the needs of today's students. Sessions will focus on citizen engagement, workforce skills, and increased global educational and economic competition. The summit will offer professional development workshops, networking sessions, and inspiring keynote speakers. To learn more, click here. To Register, click here

National Conference for College Women Student Leaders
June 2-4, 2016, College Park, MD

The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders will be gathering women from every state and around the world to be part of the conference's 30 year legacy. Similar to past conferences, the conference will provide women with a career and graduate school fair, professional development workshops, lectures, and an award ceremony. To learn more, click here.

  How can we improve the Higher Education e-Digest?

Learn more about resources for IHEs on

About NCSSLE's Higher Education e-Digest

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments Higher Education e-Digest addresses campus and community engagement, health, safety, and security. Regular contents include news from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and other federal partner agencies and organizations, salient research summaries, examples of effective field practices, announcements submitted by IHEs and other subscribers, and relevant upcoming events. The Higher Education e-Digest also highlights NCSSLE resources and the availability of ongoing services, including technical assistance, products, and tools.

For More Information 
Visit http://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov

Engagement | Safety | Environment

The Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. It is operated by the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with Child Trends; Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning; EMT Associates; the Silver Gate Group; and Vision Training Associates.

The contents of NCSSLE's Higher Education e-Digest is developed and disseminated under a contract from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students to the American Institutes for Research (AIR), Contract Number ED-ESE-12-O-0035. The contents of this e-Digest do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the U.S. Department of Education, nor do they imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education.
US Department of Education logo

Facebook Twitter Linked In
HHS Logo