Higher Education
Volume 4 / Issue 9
February 10, 2016
In This Issue:

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a toolkit to assist health care providers, communities, and local governments in developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related misuse and death. The toolkit is organized into five sections, including a scope of the problem, strategies for first responders, information for prescribers, safety advice for patients and their families, and a comprehensive list of additional resources. To access this toolkit, click here.

Prevention Collaboration in Action

SAMHSA launched a new website, Prevention Collaboration in Action: Stories of Success and Tools to Help You Get There, which is dedicated to showcasing effective collaboration practices for substance abuse prevention. The website features success stories from SAMHSA's prevention grantees and a database of toolkits and other resources for strengthening community collaboration to prevent substance abuse and promote health and wellness. To learn more, click here.
Re-Imagining the First Year of College for Underserved Students

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) launched a new project, Re-Imagining the First Year of College (RFY), aimed at ensuring the success of all college students, especially those who are low-income, first-generation, and students of color. AASCU has created a coalition of 44 member institutions that will work together for three calendar years (2016-2018) to develop a comprehensive, institutional transformation that redesigns the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success. To learn more, click here.  

Measuring Performance to Improve Student Outcomes

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released the report, Answering the Call: Institutions and States Lead the Way Toward Better Measures of Postsecondary Performance, which presents strategies for improving the use of postsecondary data to improve student outcomes. The report also provides guidance on approaches for developing an effective data collection and analysis framework. To access this report, click here.

Fulfilling the Promise of College for Underprepared Students

Complete College America has launched a new program, Corequisite Remediation: Spanning the Completion Divide, to fulfill the promise of college for underprepared students. The premise of the program is to encourage colleges and universities to abandon traditional remediation courses and enable students to enroll in college-level courses, while providing support in developing the essential skills needed to excel. To learn more, click here.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Statistics, 2014-2015

Excelencia in Education has developed an infographic that highlights the statistics of 431 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, including enrollment rates, demographics, and numbers of institutions differentiated by level of education and education sector. The data presented reflects the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System for the 2014-2015 school year findings. To access the infographic, click here

National Kick Butts Day: March 16, 2016

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is hosting the National Kick Butts Day on March 16. Kick Butts Day is a day of activism that empowers youth to raise awareness against tobacco use. In preparation for this event, The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has launched a website to provide youth, teachers, public health advocates, and communities with tools and tips to host their own campaign, with specific activities for college-age students. To access this website, click here


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USA Today, February 3, 2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2, 2016

Teen Vogue, February 2, 2016

The Washington Post, February 1, 2016

UT News, February 1, 2016

The Huffington Post, January 28, 2016

The Atlantic, January 26, 2016

WBUR News, January 26, 2016

Keough, M. T. et al (April 2016) Addictive Behaviors

Hu, S. et al (February 2016) Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Donaldson, C. D., Siegel, J. T. & Crano, W. D. (February 2016) Addictive Behaviors

Jones, B.D. & Cunningham-Williams, R. M. (January 2016) Journal of American College Health

Fairlie, A. M., Maggs, J. L., & Lanza, S. T. (January 2016) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Noland, M. et al (January 2016) Journal of American College Health

Miller, M. B. et al (January 2016) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

Lipson, S. K. et al (December 2015) Journal of College Student Psychotherapy

SAMHSA Online Training Catalog

SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies has developed a catalog of open-enrollment courses on a number of essential skills that are beneficial to health service providers. These courses include introductions to substance abuse prevention and SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework; self-paced courses on quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; and a course on the foundational knowledge and skills for effectively involving youth in substance abuse prevention programs. To learn more, click here

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.

Background vs. Behaviors
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 2-3:00 PM ET

Diverse Issues in Higher Education will host the webinar Background vs. Behaviors: Understanding Underserved Populations through Noncognitive Assessment to discuss using noncognitive assessments as a tool for understanding the strengths and challenges that students from traditionally underserved backgrounds experience. The webinar will also feature discussions on strategies for ensuring that these students succeed in completing their higher education. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.


Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting
June 2-4, 2016, Indianapolis, IN

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities will host a conference to discuss civic learning and democratic engagement within the postsecondary education field and community. The conference will consist of plenary sessions, teaching demonstrations, and interactive workshops. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility
June 28-29, 2016, New Orleans, LA

Jobs for the Future will host a summit to discuss policies and practices that increase economic mobility for youth and adults. The summit will feature a variety of interactive workshops that focus on systems of support, partnerships, financing, resource leveraging, and capacity building. To learn more, click here. To Register, click here.

Meeting on Collegiate AOD Prevention, Intervention, & Recovery 
August 2-4, 2016, Columbus, OH

The Ohio State University Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery will host a national meeting focusing on collegiate alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention, intervention, and recovery. The National Meeting Committee is currently seeking proposals that reflect theories, research, and practice in the field to be featured in this upcoming event. To learn more, click here.

Advancing a Prevention Agenda in an Era of Health Systems Reform
September 13-15, 2016, Buffalo, NY

The National Prevention Network will host a national conference convening federal, state, and local professionals from the substance abuse prevention field and related disciplines. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices, and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice during this era of health systems reform. To learn more, click here.

Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings

This month, SAMHSA kicked off its Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking Initiative. The initiative focuses on engaging all members of communities-including youth, civic organizations, community health providers, and leaders of institutions of higher education-to address consequences and issues related to underage drinking. Registration for participation in community events this year is open. To learn more, click here. To locate a Town Hall Meeting near you, click here

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