Higher Education
Volume 4 / Issue 10
February 24, 2016
In This Issue:

Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration released a documentary aimed at educating young people about the dangers of opioid addiction. The film features first-person accounts from overdose survivors and their families who talk about their experiences with addiction and the related consequences. To access the film, click here.

Guide to Social Media in Educational Environments

The National Center for Campus Public Safety published a guide on the use of social media in a post-secondary education setting and its impact on school safety. The guide provides information on the safety and security issues that can arise through the use of social media and offers strategies for developing policies to address potential threats. To access this guide, click here.

The Office on Women's Health Celebrates its 25th Anniversary!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OWH). To celebrate, OWH released a blog post sharing its accomplishments and announcing its agenda for the coming months which touches on higher education issues, including violence against women. The post also features links to resources developed by OWH and encourages viewers to return to the OWH blog to learn more about the field of women's health. To learn more, click here.
Alcohol & The Adolescent Brain: Immediate Impairment, Long-Term Consequences

Researchers from Duke University, Wake Forest University, and the University of North Carolina published a report on the effects of alcohol on the adolescent brain. The report examines the differences between the developing adolescent brain and the brain of an adult and evaluates how these differences affect the way the body reacts when alcohol is consumed. To access the report, click here.

AACC Names 2016 Awards of Excellence Finalists

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) announced the finalists for its 2016 Awards of Excellence. The awards recognize two-year colleges for their contributions in the areas of advancing diversity, emerging leadership, exemplary CEO/Board, Faculty Innovation, Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership, Student Success, and Community College Safety Planning and Leadership. The winners will be recognized at the annual AACC convention in April. To learn more click here.

The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2015

The University of California, Los Angeles Higher Education Research Institute published a report summarizing the results of a nationwide survey on college students' commitment to activism and civic engagement. The survey of 141,198 full-time, first-year students found that levels of interests in politics and civic engagement are higher than ever before, with the rising cost of college and hostile racial climates on campus contributing to this increased activism. To learn more, click here.

National Safety Month Resources

The National Safety Council provides a variety of free, downloadable materials -including posters and fact sheets - to prepare universities to participate in National Safety Month, which will take place in June 2016. Materials are organized by weekly topics: Stand Ready to Respond, Be Healthy, Watch Out for Dangers, and Share Roads Safely, and users can sign up to have materials e-mailed to them as they become available. To learn more, click here

Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University

Brown University released a new plan outlining a set of actions aimed at making Brown more diverse and inclusive. The plan prioritizes recruiting and retaining faculty, students, and staff who have been historically underrepresented in higher education; increasing scholarly resources to support education and research on issues of race, ethnicity, inequality, and justice; expanding programs to support the academic achievement of historically underrepresented students; improving data collection of school climate; and establishing clear and transparent processes for monitoring progress. To access the report, click here.

Title IX Training Video for Campus Staff

The Clery Center for Security on Campus released a video to help personnel understand their role and responsibilities under Title IX. The video features the voices of sexual assault survivors and campus safety and student affairs professionals, and provides an introduction to Title IX, processes for sharing information with the Title IX coordinator, and best practices for responding to a report. To learn more, click here.

Community Colleges Collaborate to Improving Student Success

Higher Education for Higher Standards released a report celebrating the nationwide efforts that have increased community college access by promoting college readiness for all students. The programs highlighted in the report have improved outcomes for all students by implementing interventions to help low-performing and unprepared students catch up to their peers; streamlining postsecondary placement practices to smooth student transitions; and redesigning first-year experiences to meet student needs. To access the report, click here.

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

USA Today, February 18, 2016

Ebony, February 18, 2016

Washington Post, February 17, 2016

NBC News, February 16, 2016

Loyola Phoenix, February 16, 2016

Central Michigan Life, February 14, 2016

Huffington Post, February 11, 2016

Cosmopolitan, February 4, 2016

Sell, N. M. et al (March 2016) Addictive Behaviors

Morgan C. J. A. et al (February 2016) Translational Psychiatry

Gahagan, K., Vaterlaus, J. M., & Frost, L. R. (February 2016) Computers in Human Behavior

Coleman, B. N. et al (February 2016) Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Lotzin, A. et al (February 2016) Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research

Fairman, B. J. (February 2016) Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Zhou, J., Heim, D., & Levy, A. (January 2016) Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 

Rider, L. S. et al (December 2015) Journal of American College Health

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.


National College Access Network Spring Training
Multiple dates/venues

The National College Access Network will provide a series of workshops on data collection, use, and evaluation. The workshops will focus on the role that data play in improving learning outcomes for low-income students attending institutions of higher education. Each workshop will provide beginner-to-intermediate-level information and hands-on activities for data managers, program leadership, and any other staff concerned with data management and evaluation. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) 2016 Annual Meeting
March 30-April 1, 2016, Charlotte, NC

SOPHE is hosting its annual meeting on building and expanding the field of health education. The conference provides a series of plenary sessions, workshops, and networking sessions that aim to provide opportunities to participants for expanding the knowledge capital and skills needed to be an effective leader in the field of health education and health promotion.  To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

2016 National Tribal Public Health Summit
April 11-13, 2016, Atlanta, GA

The National Indian Health Board is hosting their annual public health summit on achieving health equity. The summit will feature plenary sessions, project exhibit sessions, workshops, and roundtable discussions around topics related to public health access and policies. Several of the discussions relate to improving health education programs in institutions of higher education. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

Academic Advising Summit for Service Members and Veterans
April 14-15, 2016, Arlington, VA

The American Council on Education is hosting a summit to develop strategies for providing support to service members and veterans from application through acceptance at institutions of higher learning. The summit activities are based on themes and recommendations that were developed during last year's summit. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

2016 Preparedness Summit
April 19-22, 2016, Dallas, TX

The National Association of County and City Health Officials is hosting their annual preparedness summit to convene a wide array of health professionals to present new research findings, share tools and resources, and network with others in the field. The goal of the summit is to enhance capacities for planning and providing mental and physical health services for building resilient communities that can recover quickly from disasters and emergencies. Institutions of higher education are encouraged to attend and participate in exhibit sessions. To learn more, click here. To register, click here

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Conference
May 11-14, 2016, New Orleans, LA

CCPH is hosting an international conference on understanding health inequities and effective partnering strategies to overcome inequities. The intent of the conference is to foster engagement in efforts to strengthen community-campus partnerships to work toward social and racial justice. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

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