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....

  And I hope when I get old I don’t sit around thinking about it But I probably will Yeah, just trying to recapture A little of the glory, of well time slips away And leaves you with nothing mister but Boring stories of glory days… Glory days, well they’ll pass you by Glory days in the wink of a young girl’s eye - "Glory Days," by Bruce Springsteen    Prevention is like rock and roll—bold, progressive, disruptive to the status quo, and built note by note by dedicated artists striving to leave a mark on the world. Like good music, comprehensive, coordinated approaches that combine individual...

The negative impact of excessive drinking and substance use on one’s physical health is well documented. What is often overlooked is the ways in which substance use can interfere with academic engagement, which sometimes can be subtler, but also very serious.   There are two main pathways linking substance use to academic problems. First, excessive drinking, marijuana use, and other forms of drug use can have a direct effect on learning, memory, and attention—all of which are important for academic success.   Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. Second, drugs are powerful reinforcers, and can “hijack”...

Over the past seventeen years, I have had the honor of serving as the project director of Missouri Partners in Prevention, my state’s higher education prevention coalition. Over the years of monthly meetings, conferences, technical assistance phone calls, and e-mails, I have gotten to know each of our 21 campuses well and our coalition contact at each campus even better. Recently, upon the retirement of one of our longest-standing coalition members, she shared a heartfelt poem with the group and left a lasting impression. Her words were simple and profound and they spoke to the heart of why...

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