Higher Education Products

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) provides data, lessons learned, events, and products to help inform college and university administrators about existing and emerging issues in higher education. NCSSLE both shares resources and develops products. The NCSSLE products listed below–webinars, case studies, and prevention updates–provide evidence-based approaches and best practices to successfully address campus prevention issues and implement strategies that improve student success.

Higher Education Webinars

NCSSLE higher education webinars bring together experts in the field to provide information relevant to higher education audiences, such as town-gown collaboration, campus safety, and preventing high-risk drinking.

Strengthening Campus and Community Collaboration to Address Student Health and Safety. This NCSSLE webinar discusses a campus-community collaboration to reduce high-risk drinking and its consequences. Since 2005, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the city of Amherst, Massachusetts have pursued a multi-faceted collaboration to provide environmental interventions to prevent high-risk alcohol use and promote a safe and healthy environment for campus and community that is conducive to learning.

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Community Coalitions Working Collaboratively Across Secondary and Postsecondary Education to Address Underage Drinking. This event was the sixth webinar in the Preventing Underage Drinking webinar series offered by the Federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking. It was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students via the National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments. In this webinar, panelists explored prevention research that strongly supports the use of comprehensive, integrated programs with multiple complementary components to address underage drinking. Such evidence-based prevention strategies geared to secondary and post-secondary students require collaborative efforts between organizational leaders at high schools and colleges, and key community members.

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Using Federal Contracts to Enhance School & Campus Security. This webinar, presented by the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center, provided participants with an overview of the Cooperative Purchasing Program; a better understanding of program eligibility and benefits; and the ability to access information to help increase accessibility to safety and security equipment and services for public institutions of higher education.

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Safer Campuses and Communities: Tools for Implementing Evidence-based Interventions to Reduce Alcohol Problems. In this webinar, presenters reviewed research-based approaches to reducing alcohol-related problems among college students and considered how to apply the Safer Campuses and Communities resources. They then shared how some colleges had been implementing evidence-based interventions to reduce alcohol problems on their campuses and in their communities.

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Higher Education Case Studies

The NCSSLE case studies provide a deep dive into how campuses across the U.S. are operationalizing current research and best practices to foster safe, healthy, welcoming campuses for diverse student populations.

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). FAMU is a historically black university that is working to increase its graduation rate with campus-wide student support policies, programs, and practices.

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Oregon State University. Oregon State is working in collaboration with leaders from the city of Corvallis, Oregon to mitigate the negative effects associated with the University’s growing enrollment.

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The University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). To prepare first-in-family college students, UTEP is easing the transition between K-12 and college by employing policies and programs in pursuit of a university-wide commitment to student success.

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Higher Education Updates

The NCSSLE higher education updates explore current and emerging concerns among campus administrators, and offer strategies and best practices to cultivate safe, supportive environments that promote student success.

Academic Performance, Retention, and Alcohol Use. The effect of alcohol use on student success has gained attention in recent years. Colleges and universities can implement evidence-based policies and programs to reduce college students’ drinking and increase retention and graduation.

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Promoting Student Success at Community Colleges. Nearly half of all undergraduates attend community colleges, with adult learners, military veterans, non-English speakers, and “nontraditional” students making up the majority. To increase the number of students who graduate, community colleges are implementing evidence-based practices and programs to improve retention and student success.

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Reducing Risk During the First Few Weeks on Campus. Colleges and universities can implement evidence-based policies and programs to reduce college students’ drinking and increase retention and graduation.

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