The Dalai Lama once said,  “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” In my work as a prevention professional, I have begrudgingly come to accept this as a reality that has fostered innovation on our campus. I work on a campus that does not currently have the resources available to implement a population level alcohol and other drug misuse prevention program like AlcoholEdu. As a result, our prevention team must continually seek opportunities to provide prevention and education to the general student population. As a result, we work with our various...

As our college and universities continue to diversify, so too must our methods for helping address substance abuse on our campuses. This past year marked the beginning of the next generation of young people, known as “Generation Z.” Unlike Millennials or Gen Xers, fewer young people of this generation experimented with substances or have had sex before they arrive on campus. Their arrival further diversifies campus communities, which have never been as eclectic as they are today.   Michael LaFarr, Psy.D. To help ensure we keep up with our ever-changing student body, the Health Promotion team...

As you may know, being this is an even-numbered year, there is an expectation by the U.S. Department of Education that institutions of higher education will engage in a biennial review process, as required by the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act Regulations [EDGAR Part 86].   Conducting a thorough and rigorous biennial review is great practice, and provides those implementing a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program—inclusive of policy, education and student assistance, enforcement, campus needs assessment, and campus/community collaboration—an opportunity to reflect what is going...

Within the last five years, two-year and four-year colleges and universities have increased their focus on increasing persistence and completion rates for college students. While the United States may have the largest and most expansive postsecondary system in the world, we lag behind other countries in degree attainment. Currently, the U.S. ranks 11th in the world in the percentage of adults with a postsecondary degree. Most educational leaders believe we need to do better than this to meet the increasing demands for talent and have set goals for increasing degree completion rates for the U....

Safety concerns in college football had risen to such a crisis level a century ago that then-President Theodore Roosevelt, a big fan, demanded rule changes be made to protect students playing the sport. Today, other threats have the potential to undermine student success, contribute to aberrant behavior, disrupt career plans, and ultimately affect their quality of life. One of those threats is substance abuse.   Dr. Brian Hainline As the governing body for intercollegiate athletics, the NCAA prioritizes three important principles: academic success, student-athlete well-being, and fairness....

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