ERIC Number: ED460311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Be Vocal, Be Visible, Be Visionary: Recommendations for College and University Presidents on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.
Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.; Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Newton, MA.
This report summarizes the recommendations of the Presidents Leadership Group formed in early 1997 by the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention. Offers the following proposals for effective prevention. College presidents should: (1) work to ensure that school officials routinely collect data on the extent of the alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems on campus and to make this information available; (2) frame discussion about AOD in a context that other senior administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and trustees care about--excellence in education; (3) define AOD use not as a problem of the campus alone, but of the entire community, which will require community-level action to solve; (4) use every opportunity to speak out and write about AOD prevention to reinforce it as a priority concern and to push for change; (5) work to ensure that all elements of the college community avoid providing mixed messages that might encourage AOD; (6) demonstrate their commitment to AOD prevention by budgeting sufficient resources to address the problem; (7) appoint a campuswide task force that includes other senior administrators, faculty, and students, has community representation, and reports directly to the president; (8) appoint other senior administrates, faculty, and students to participate in a campus-community coalition that is mandated to address AOD issues in the community as a whole; (9) lead a broad exploration of their institution's infrastructure and the basic premises of its educational program to see how they affect AOD use; (10) offer new initiatives to help students become better integrated into the intellectual life of the school, change student norms away from AOD use, and make it easier to identify students in trouble with substance use; (11) take the lead in identifying ways to effect alcohol and other drug prevention through economic development in the community; (12) be involved in policy change at the state and local level, working for new laws and regulations that will affect the community as a whole; (13) participate in state, regional, and national association to build support for appropriate changes in public policy. Appendixes include recommendations list, notes, and resources. Provides a list of selected resources and publications as well as a list of Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention publications. (Author/MKA)
Descriptors: College Presidents, Community Involvement, Data Collection, Drinking, Drug Abuse, Environment, Higher Education, Mass Media Effects, Policy, Prevention, Public Policy, Resources, Violence
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02458-1060. Tel: 800-676-1730 (Toll Free); Fax: 617-928-1537; Web site: http://www.edc.org/hec/; e-mail: HigherEdCtr@edc.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.; Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Newton, MA.