Higher Education
Volume 4 / Issue 8
January 27, 2016
In This Issue:

U.S. Department of Education Funding Opportunities and Request for Peer Reviewers

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education has announced new funding opportunities for 2016, including the Talent Search Program and the Eligibility Designation and Applications for Waiver of Eligibility Requirements for Title III and Title V Programs. Additionally, the announcement contains a request for specialists to serve as peer reviewers to identify the most qualified grant applicants. Peer reviewers should have a background in addressing a range of postsecondary issues, including improving college access and degree completion, closing achievement gaps, and improving teacher quality and training. To learn more about grant opportunities, click here. To learn more about the request for peer reviewers, click here

Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released the results of a nine-school pilot survey that collected school-level data on sexual victimization of undergraduate college students. The report provides estimates of the prevalence and incidence of sexual assault, rape, and sexual battery during the 2014-15 academic year. It also examines the relationship between measures of campus climate and rates of sexual victimization. To access the report, click here.  

Fact Sheet: Helping More Americans Complete College

The U.S. Department of Education has released a fact sheet summarizing the efforts of the Obama Administration in enhancing access and affordability of postsecondary education through its investments in financial aid, particularly in the form of Pell Grants. Building on this progress, the Administration is calling for new investments in the federal Pell Grant Program. The new Pell proposal will enable students with financial need to attend school year-round and take more credits per term, increasingly their likelihood of on-time completion. To learn more, click here.
Measuring the Effectiveness of Institutions Serving Transferring Community College Students

The Community College Research Center, in partnership with the Aspen Institute and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, has released a new report titled, Tracking Transfers: New Measures of Institutional and State Effectiveness in Helping Community College Students Attain Bachelor's Degrees. The report proposes metrics for measuring the effectiveness of states and two- and four-year institutions in enabling degree-seeking students who start at community colleges to earn a bachelor's degree. The metrics are then used to assess student data from different institutions of higher education. The report specifically focuses on outcomes of lower-income students in comparison to higher-income students. To access this report, click here

New Approach to College Admission 

Harvard University Graduate School of Education has released a new report , Turning the Tide; Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admission. The report outlines the new approach to college admission that is emerging across the nation's colleges and universities. The new approach increases the focus on motivating high school students to engage in community service and assessing students on their contributions to others and their communities, rather than solely assessing candidates based on grades, extracurricular activities, and test scores. To access this report, click here.

Resources to Engage Your Campus in Ending Human Trafficking

The Polaris Project designed a toolkit to help college students play an active role in identifying and raising awareness of human trafficking in their community. The toolkit includes tips and strategies for educating others, preparing campus communities to take a stand against human trafficking, and general information that will help students to better understand the problems associated with human trafficking. To access this toolkit, click here

The Washington Post, January 20, 2016

International Business Times, January 20, 2016

The Wall Street Journal, January 19, 2016

The Huffington Post, January 19, 2016

The Harvard Crimson, January 18, 2016

The Oregonian, January 18, 2015

Teen Vogue, January 14, 2016

The Atlantic, January 14, 2016

Dong, S. & Lucas, M. S. (February 2016) Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals

Peirce, J. M. et al (January 2016) Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Lippy, C. & DeGue, S. (January 2016) Trauma, Violence, & Abuse

Radatz, D. L. & Wright, E. M. (January 2016) Trauma, Violence & Abuse

Bogg, T., Lasecki, L., & Vo, P. T. (January 2016) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Metrik, J. et al (January 2016) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Wester, K. L. et al (January 2016) Journal of Counseling & Development

Thornton, Z. M. & Friedel, J. N. (December 2015) Community College Journal of Research and Practice

Strategies to Prevent Hazing on Campus
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 2-3:30 PM ET

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students, will host a webinar to discuss the latest research on strategies to prevent hazing on campus. The webinar will describe implications for campus personnel in both secondary and higher education settings. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

Student Affairs 2016 Webinar Schedule

StudentAffairs.com is hosting a series webinars and online courses, from January to April 2016, detailing strategies for advising diverse groups of students attending institutions of higher education. Topics include strategies for overcoming ageism and sexism, working with veterans, and best practices for engaging volunteer and extracurricular events. To learn more, click here.


Rural Community College Alliance Day
February 10, 2016, Washington, D.C.

The Rural Community College Alliance is hosting a day of professional development activities, followed by a rural community, tribal, and technical college appreciation dinner and reception with policy makers, federal officials, and members of Congress. The agenda for the conference will be released two weeks prior to the event. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

Tribal College and University (TCU) Behavioral Health Summit
February 11-12, 2016, Washington, D.C.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is hosting a summit focused on strategies for improving behavioral health on TCU campuses and increasing Native youth leadership in their communities. The summit will feature training sessions on topics related to behavioral health, including mentoring for suicide and substance abuse prevention, developing support groups, improving community engagement, and building leadership capacities in behavioral health education. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Engaging Men & Boys
March 22- 24, 2016, Washington, D.C.

End Violence Against Women International is hosting its annual conference focused on raising awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault and contributing behaviors that impact its prevalence and frequency in our society. The conference will feature plenary sessions led by renowned speakers, an exhibit of advocacy organizations, and poster sessions. To learn more, click here.

American Council on Education's 87th National Women's Leadership Forum
June 15-17, 2016, Arlington, VA

The American Council on Education is hosting a three-day leadership program for senior-level women administrators seeking a college or university presidency, vice presidency, or major deanship. The program will focus on developing leadership skills in areas such as fundraising, risk management, and crisis response; contract negotiation; and media training. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

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