Higher Education
Volume 4 / Issue 11
March 9, 2016
In This Issue:

Creating a Global Apprenticeship Movement

The U.S. Department of Labor released an article detailing a new international initiative between Europe and the United States to advance apprenticeship systems. The initiative aims to provide students attending postsecondary institutions with more opportunities for accessing job-driven training and a pathway into the workforce. To learn more, click here.
Building Student Momentum from High School into College

The Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University released a report proposing a new approach for how to best prepare high school students for higher education. This approach emphasizes a collaborative effort between high schools and colleges to develop and implement initiatives that improve students' chances of succeeding in college, in particular low-income and first-generation college students. To access this report, click here.

A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center and Project on Academic Successes published a national study on the various pathways students at two-year and four-year colleges take to complete a college degree or certificate. The study found that the rate of students who started at a two-year institution and finished at a four-year institution declined in the past year, with women being more likely to complete at a four-year institution than men. To access this study, click here.

The Underprepared Student and Community Colleges

The Center for Community College Student Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin, released a report, Expectations Meet Reality: The Underprepared Student and Community Colleges, exploring the experiences of community college students in the areas of assessment, placement, and developmental education. The report critically examines the "broken state" of developmental education and the implications it has on the academic outcomes of underprepared students. As a recommendation to resolve this issue, the report encourages colleges to review their programs, measurement systems, and student data when developing strategies to help underprepared students successfully complete college-level work. To access the report, click here.

Higher Education's Role in Increasing Opportunity in America

The Education Trust Trusteeship Magazine published the article, Higher Education's Critical Role in Increasing Opportunity in America: What Boards Should Know and 10 Questions They Should Ask, focusing on the growing problems of income and wealth disparity and social mobility, and the role higher education can play in economic prosperity. The article emphasizes the need for board members to understand what the data say about their institution's contributions to restoring opportunity in America and creating a culture that prioritizes student success. To access the article, click here.

Resources for Supporting Homeless Students

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth has released a micro-website dedicated to providing resources related to homeless students enrolled in institutions of higher education. The site features links to federal policies, helplines, and training materials, as well as resources to support homeless students who are completing their postsecondary education. To access the site, click here.  

Online Courses: The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

The University of South Carolina National Resource Center is offering online courses, from April to May, on topics related to first-year experiences and student in transition. The courses are designed to help staff and faculty at postsecondary institutions to redesign their curricula and to be more inclusive for all students. Topics include infusing emotional intelligence learning into seminars and programs and creating veteran-friendly campuses. To learn more, click here.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative

Achieving the Dream announced a request for proposals for its OER Degree Initiative. The initiative will fund between 20 to 30 community colleges and community college systems that are dedicated to redesigning courses and degree programs using open educational resources. The goal of the initiative is to reduce costs for students and to promote a culture that better connects curriculum and pedagogy to updated student learning outcomes, particularly for underserved students. To learn more, click here.

Serving Homeless and Food Insecure Students

The California State University (CSU) conducted a study to investigate how CSU campuses were meeting the needs of students who are homeless/displaced from housing and those who need food assistance. The assessment presents findings that shed light on challenges occurring across institutions of higher education nationwide. Findings indicated that CSU campuses were developing programs to support the needs of displaced and food insecure students; however there was a need for staff, faculty and administrators to better understand this student population, their size, their experiences with services, and their rates of retention. To access this study, click here.

7 Deadly Sins of Title IX Investigations

The Association of Title IX Administrators published a report addressing the seven most common and problematic mistakes that service providers encounter when investigating sexual misconduct allegations. The report provides context and guidance for avoiding these mistakes, and offers strategies for improving policies and procedures to reflect best practices. To access the report, click here.

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Campus Safety Magazine, March 4, 2016

Education Dive, March 1, 2016

Chicago Tribune, February 29, 2016

Campus Safety Magazine, February 26, 2016

MaineNewsOnline, February 26, 2016

Teen Vogue, February 22, 2016

Campus Safety Magazine, February 22, 2016

Grimaldi, E. M., Ladd, B. O. & Anderson, K. G. (April 2016) Addictive Behaviors

Danielsson, A. K. et al (March 2016) Journal of Affective Disorders

Hughes, J. R. et al (February 2016) Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors

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

Simmons, V. N. et al (February 2016) Addiction Research & Theory

Lester, J., Yamanaka, A. & Struthers, B. (February 2016) Community College Journal of Research and Practice

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

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

Understanding Underserved Populations through Noncognitive Assessment
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 2-3:00 PM ET

Diverse Issues in Higher Education is hosting a webinar to discuss how noncognitive assessments work as a tool for understanding the strengths and challenges that students from traditionally underserved backgrounds experience, and the implications for their success in school. The webinar will also present interventions that can be implemented to address noncognitive areas of need and strategies on how such approaches can be adopted by faculty and staff at minority-serving institutions. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.


2016 NASPA Annual Conference Hazing Prevention Technical Assistance
March 14, 2016, Orlando, FL

StopHazing is hosting technical assistance hours at the NASPA Annual Conference. The technical assistance hours will offer consultation services for campus representatives interested in building or improving campus hazing prevention programs. To schedule a meeting time during the conference, contact [email protected] or drop in at JW Marriot Room 307 during the conference. 

26th National Native Health Research Conference
June 5-8, 2016, Cherokee, NC

The Native Research Network is hosting a conference to showcase health research projects and efforts in Native communities in the fields of biomedical, behavioral, and health services. The conference will provide professionals from the field, and college students with opportunities to network and learn about career development and research opportunities, and engage in discussions about recent research and policy. To learn more and register, click here

Advancing Performance in Agencies, Systems & Communities
June 15-17, 2016, Baltimore, MD

The National Network of Public Health Institutions and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are hosting a conference offering hands-on training workshops and networking opportunities  to take action in public health performance. Health professionals from higher education institutions are encouraged to participate. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

2016 Student Affairs Assessment Institute
June 21-24, 2016, Charlotte, NC

The American College Personnel Association is hosting a conference to provide hands-on experience in developing the assessment knowledge and skills necessary to execute quality assessment plans in institutions of higher education. In addition to workshops, the conference includes plenary sessions covering the latest research in the field, and round-table discussions led by experts. To learn more, click here. To register, click here

International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Annual Conference & Exposition
June 24-27, Phoenix, AZ

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) is hosting their annual conference featuring a variety of educational workshops, plenary sessions, an exhibit area with products and services for the campus public safety community, and the IACLEA Scholarship Fund silent auction. The conference offers networking opportunities for campus public safety leaders to share best practices and ideas with others in the field. To learn more, click here. To register, click here.

2016 National College Access Network National Conference
September 19-21, 2016, Detroit, MI

The National College Access Network is hosting a conference, Driving Postsecondary Attainment for All, focusing on access to and completion of college for low-income and first generation students. The conference is in the planning stage and organizers are currently calling for proposals. To learn more, click here. To submit a proposal, click here.

26th Annual International National Association for Multicultural Education Conference
November 9-13, 2016, Cleveland, OH

The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) is hosting its annual conference to explore inequities present in society and educational institutions. Conference participants will engage in problem-solving exercises to brainstorm ideas for uncovering injustices and influencing change. NAME is currently calling for proposals. To learn more, click here. To submit a proposal, click here.

8th Annual National Behavioral Intervention Team Association Conference
November 13-17, 2016, San Antonio, TX

The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association is hosting a conference focused on threat assessments and behavior interventions on postsecondary campuses. The goal of the conference is to provide student services professionals with the tools and skills to create safer campus and workplace environments where development, education, and caring interventions are fostered and encouraged. To learn more, click here.

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