Higher Education


Higher education includes a wide range of institutions providing study beyond the level of secondary education, such as colleges and universities, community colleges, and vocational and technical schools. Higher education administratorsprevention coordinatorsand community members play an important role in addressing risk factors and promoting safe and supportive environments to maximize opportunities for student success and academic achievement.

NCSSLE training and technical assistance activities and resources are based on evidence-based approaches that promote positive behaviors and norms and include:

  • environmental management through policy change
  • intervention and treatment programs for students experiencing problems
  • health promotion programs to support positive behaviors and student success

The following pages are organized by the five-step process of The Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), which is based on findings from public health research along with evidence-based prevention programs to promote resilience and decrease risk factors in individual students and on campuses and in surrounding communities. Each step includes a number of resources to guide your efforts. Be sure to contact us for personalized assistance and guidance!

Featured Resources

Reviews a two-year effort among 32 colleges and universities aimed at learning about and implementing a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach using both a public health and improvement focus, in addressing high-risk drinking on their campuses.


Analyzes the most recent, reliable data about rape and sexual assult in our country. Identifies those most at risk of being victims of these crimes, examines the cost of this violence and describes the reponse of the criminal justice system.

National Center for Campus Public Safety

The National Center for Campus Public Safety is a new resource for campus police chiefs, directors of public safety, emergency managers, and key campus safety stakeholders. With this in mind, the National Center will be a catalyst that brings together all forms of campus public safety, professional associations, advocacy organizations, community leaders, and others to improve and expand services to those who are charged with providing a safe environment on the campuses of the nation's colleges and universities.

Higher Learning Research Communications: Special Issue on Retention

Retention and persistence are complex issues. While a single special issue won't address the multifaceted challenges associated with getting students to graduation, Higher Learning Research Communications' Special Issue on Retention, can foster ideas that inform the next generations of research in this area.

Burkholder, G.J.; Holland, N.; Jobe, R.L.; Lenio, J.; Swail, W.S.; Brill, J.L.; Balcanoff, K.K.; Land, D.; Gogarty, M.M.; Turner, F.; Yob, I.M.

Offers a series of webinar events that provide constructive information and strategies institutions of higher education (IHE)—including community colleges, technical colleges, and 4-year institutions—and surrounding communities can use as they proactively strengthen their learning environments and address problems of violence, mental and behavioral health and substance use.

Guides the development of high-quality emergency operations plans for institutions of higher education. It incorporates lessons learned from recent incidents, and respond to the needs and concerns voiced by stakeholders following the recent shootings in Newtown and Oak Creek and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. It can be used to create new plans as well as to revise and update existing plans and align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels.

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