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.


Presents a digital platform inviting higher education campuses and communities to host a town hall meeting on addressing underage and high-risk drinking as part of the 2016 national Town Hall Meeting initiative..


Summarizes data on suicidal thoughts, attempts, and deaths and also describes risk and protective factors that are common among college and university students.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Presents the results of an extensive 2014 survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education showing how to improve retention and completion rates at colleges and universities. Reviews the use of big data along with the frequency of five institutional approaches to support student success--comprehensive strategy, basic strategy, first-year strategy, graduation strategy, and academic strategy.


The Chronicle of Higher Educaiton

Encompasses a broad range of material introducing and endorsing trauma-sensitive practice with an emphasis on sexual assault trauma. It is designed specifically for health center staff who serve as primary care providers to students in higher education. These tools are designed to supplement higher education efforts to develop campus-wide plans addressing sexual assault at their institutions. 

National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments

Presents the video footage of a panel discussion at Columbia University's Community College Research Center. Includes expert analysis of the Guided Pathways Model for Institution-Wide Reforms and its potential to help community colleges improve student success.

Thomas Bailey; Shanna Smith Jaggars; Davis Jenkins; David Baime; Paul Fain

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.

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.

Higher Education Update: Reducing Risk During the First Few Weeks on Campus

Details what can be done to keep first-year students safe during their first few weeks on campus by reducing behavioral tendencies which may include: high-risk alcohol consumption, drug use, hazing, and other behaviors contrary to successful assimilation into college life. Because of the risks student's face during this time, the first week of school is considered a period of time that college prevention professionals and administrators refer to as the "Red Zone". 

National Center for Safe and Supportive Learning

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.

REM Center

Presents a statement on the work of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division to address and prevent sexual assault in schools and communities across the country. The statement details the importance of cross-sector collaboration with law enforcement, prosecutors, and schools.

Vanita Gupta

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