Environment - IHE

IHE Environment
Higher Education

Campus environment refers to the collection of environmental factors that influence students’ learning experiences at IHEs. It encapsulates campus facilities, campus-based health services ,and disciplinary policies and practices. These external elements lay the physical foundations for creating a safe and supportive learning environment.

A positive higher education campus environment is defined as an institution of higher education (IHE) having appropriate facilities, well-managed lecture halls and learning spaces, available campus-based health supports, including sustaining mental health services, and a clear, fair, and inclusive disciplinary policy. In a positive environment, the well-being and safety of faculty/staff and students is paramount, and the access and functional needs of all students are considered. For some students, campus environment can be one of the biggest factors that shapes their college experience and can affect their decision when selecting a college or university.

Positive campus environments must feel welcoming, inclusive, and supportive to students of all backgrounds. Inclusive campus environments significantly enhance student motivation and success and play a key role in fulfilling higher education's potential to address educational and societal equity gaps.

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Provides resources and information to community-based organizations on how to hold creative events centered around substance misuse and prevention. 

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Presents information on how to engage male identifying college students in sexual assault prevention on campus.

Campus Drug Prevention

Provides resources for student across the country to use in their prevention efforts.

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Displays statistics spotlighting student-parents to emphasize the need to better understand and support this growing student population.

Military and Veteran Support

Describes resources to help servicemembers and new veterans transition to civilian life.

Addressing Gender-Based Violence on College Campuses: Guide to a Comprehensive Model

Guide containing ideas, structures, information, and resources that can help campuses build partnerships to develop and adopt protocols and policies that more effectively treat various forms of gender-based violence (GBV) as serious offenses; ensure survivor safety and offender accountability; and implement comprehensive and culturally relevant prevention strategies. Institutions of higher learning will be equipped with the foundational knowledge necessary to build coordinated community response systems, programs, policies, and practices for effective prevention and intervention strategies

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Are we in the midst of a mental health “crisis” for college students and other young people? How should campus administrators and faculty members be thinking about the mental health of their students and their roles in addressing it? This episode explores an issue that has been at or near the top of the worry list for those who work in and around higher education, as learners report record levels of depression, anxiety and other conditions; strain campus counseling and health centers seeking treatment; and struggle academically, sometimes to the point of stopping out altogether.
Plan A

Evaluates Plan A, a 23-minute video intervention designed for African American and Hispanic/Latinx women ages 18 to 19 that promotes effective contraceptive use, condom use for dual contraception and HIV/STI prevention, and HIV/STI testing. The video aims to improve knowledge of sexual health and self-efficacy for communicating with providers about different contraceptive options that have been proven effective, such as long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). 

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Provides online resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools. Includes the following: About Schools, Health Buildings, Air and Water Quality, Managing Chemicals, Guidance and Tools, Transportation, and Featured Publications.

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