Higher Education
Volume 4 / Issue 7
January 13, 2016
In This Issue:

Proposed 2016 Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is asking for public comment on a new set of draft recommendations regarding the initiation or continuation of opioids for chronic pain, opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation. The recommendations provide guidelines on assessing risk and addressing harm related to opioid use. It is intended to be used by primary care providers who are treating patients who are 18 years old or older and are in chronic pain (i.e. pain lasting longer than 3 months or past the time of normal tissue healing). To learn more, click here

Drug Overdose Deaths Hit Record Numbers in 2014

The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has released new data on opioid overdose deaths. The data reveal that from 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million Americans died from opioid overdoses, either from opioid pain relievers or heroin use. In 2014, the number of deaths hit a record high, increasing 14 percent in just one year. To access this report, click here.

Mass Victimization: Promising Avenues for Prevention

The National Center for Campus Public Safety has released a document focused on identifying strategies that contribute to preventing incidents of targeted violence that result in mass casualty events. The strategies are the result of a multi-agency collaborative conference held in 2013. The document offers seven promising avenues for prevention. Each avenue offers a summary for a strategy and references to both academic and practitioner evidence that suggests ways for curbing violence. To access this report, click here.

Minority-Serving Community Colleges: Meeting the Future Now

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education hosted the first Minority Service Institutions (MSIs) conference for two-year colleges in November. The conference engaged MSIs and their partners, along with members of the U.S. Department of Education, in open dialogue about strategies for ensuring student success. Moving forward, participants of the conference will join MSIs communities of practice online meetings to continue to share experiences and connect with federal agencies. To learn more, click here

Free Mobile Resources to Support Behavioral Health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released mobile resources to help individuals undergoing a behavioral health challenge or emergency. The resources address suicide prevention, bullying prevention, behavioral health following a disaster, and underage drinking prevention. Each of the resources provides information, tips, and guidance on ways to address different situations, particularly on how to appropriately respond and interact with individuals in need. To learn more, click here

The Surgeon General's Report on Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Health

SAMHSA has announced the commission of the first-ever Surgeon General's Report examining the health effects of drug and alcohol misuse from the perspectives of prevention, treatment, recovery, neurobiology, and delivery of care. The report will focus on the analysis of data from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. To learn more, click here.

Six Ways to Start Fresh this Semester

The Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published a blog post that provides returning college students with helpful tips for getting back into the routine of campus life after winter break. The tips relate to establishing positive health habits, including healthy sleep routines, exercising regularly, making smart choices about alcohol consumption, managing mental and sexual health, and balancing a nutritious diet. To access the blog, click here
2015 Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) has released a new report, Engagement Insights: Survey Findings on the Quality of Undergraduate Education. The findings show that over half of students surveyed report that they were insufficiently challenged by their courses. These results highlight the importance of designing course assignments that prompt students to put forth their best effort. To access this report, click here.

Call for Participation in the 2016 Community College Innovation of the Year Awards

Each year, the League for Innovation in the Community College presents the Innovation of the Year Awards to recognize projects and programs that promote the academic and professional success of community colleges students. The League is asking community colleges and organizations serving community college students for submissions for participation in the 2016 Awards by April 18, 2016. Winners will be selected based on the quality, efficiency, cost effectiveness, replication, creativity, and timeliness of their program or project. To learn more, click here.

Equity Matters: Digital and Online Learning for Students with Disabilities

The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities has released a new publication that summarizes the Center's research projects and experiences, with a focus on digital and online learning. These projects include research on students with disabilities and their families; the personnel and institutions through which these students are being served; and the digital materials and delivery systems that support learner interactions within the full-time virtual, blended, and supplemental instances of online learning. The primary purpose of the publication is to inform stakeholder groups of emerging trends, outcomes, challenges, and best practices in the field of online learning and special education. To access this publication, click here.

Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food & Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates

The Association of Community College Trustees has released a new research report in partnership with the Healthy Minds Study, Single Stop, and the Wisconsin Hope Lab that summarizes the results of a survey examining food and housing insecurities among more than 4,000 undergraduates at 10 community colleges across the nation. The results found that about half of community college students are struggling with food or housing insecurities or both. The challenges in these areas varied in severity, from marginal security to very low security. To access this publication, click here.

The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: An Evidence-Based Approach

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has released a comprehensive report outlining evidence-based interventions and effective practices for addressing prescription opioid misuse, abuse, addiction and overdose. The report offers recommendations for prescribing opioids, monitoring use, implementing educational programs that promote safe use of prescription opioids, addiction treatments and interventions, and community-based prevention strategies. To access this report, click here.

State Legislative Developments on Campus Sexual Violence: Issues in the Context of Safety

NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, in partnership with the Education Commission of the States, has released a new report to address legislative developments and offer considerations for leaders in higher education and policy regarding campus sexual violence and guns on campus. Using an in-depth analysis of state legislation, the report incorporates implications for campus safety and offers guidance on how campus leaders can approach incidents in an effective manner. To access this report, click here.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day Calls for Family Awareness
Mission Network News, January 11, 2016

Wink News, January 6, 2016

Capital Public Radio, January 4, 2016

Seventeen Magazine, January 4, 2016

Huffington Post, January 4, 2016

The Washington Post, December 30, 2015

Richland Source, December 30, 2015

The Washington Post, December 29, 2015

Luna, N. et al (December 2015) Addition Research & Theory

Marsil, D. F. & McNamara, C. (December 2015) Journal of American College Health

Lindo, J. M., Siminski, P. M., & Swensen, I. D. (December 2015) The National Bureau of Economic Research

Guttmannova, K. et al (December 2015) Alcoholism Clinical & Experimental Research

Arria, M. A. et. al (December 2015) Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Fitzpatrick, B. G. et al (December 2015) Alcoholism Clinical & Experimental Research

Ashwood, J. S. et al (December 2015) RAND Corporation

Starosta, A. J., Cranston, E. & Earleywine, M. (December 2015) Journal of American College Health

White House Initiative on HBCUs Webinar Series
Thursday, January 21, 2016, 1:30- 3:30 PM ET

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is hosting a series of webinars focusing on grants and other funding opportunities that are available to HBCUs through the federal government. This webinar will be co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and will highlight funding opportunities for HBCUs under the Rural Development and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture programs. The webinar registration information is forthcoming.

National Survey of Student Engagement Webinars

NSSE offers a series of interactive webinars for faculty, administrators, institutional researchers, and student affairs professionals who want to better use and understand their survey data. Most sessions are one hour in length and free. To access archived webinars, click here.

Know. Talk. Prevent.
Monday, February 1, 2016, 2:45-4 PM ET

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America is hosting a webinar focused on how SAMHSA grantees and members of community-based organizations involved in substance abuse prevention can participate in SAMHSA's 2016 Town Hall Meetings. The webinar will touch on strategies for facilitating Town Hall meetings, searching for new resources on underage and high-risk drinking prevention, and applying to receive a stipend to plan an event and report meeting results. There is no pre-registration for this webinar. To learn more, click here.


Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit
March 22-23, 2016, Bethesda, MD

The National Institutes of Health is hosting a summit focused on the neurological and psychiatric effects of marijuana, other cannabinoids, and the endocannabinoid system. Topics covered include discussions on brain development and function; psychosis, addiction, and alcohol interactions; psychomotor performance and detection; therapeutic potential; and policy-related research. The goal of the summit is to present evidence-based information in order to inform practice and policy. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

7th Bi-Annual Northwest Alcohol Conference
July 28-29, 2016, Boise, ID

The Idaho Youth Alcohol & Drug Prevention & Evaluation Program is hosting its bi-annual Northwest Alcohol Conference. The conference will bring together leaders and other important stakeholders involved in underage alcohol prevention and other substance abuse issues. The conference will feature a series of breakout sessions covering topics including enforcement strategies, binge drinking, youth leadership, and the use of media campaigns to reduce underage drinking. To register, click here.

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