ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

Addressing College Drinking and Drug Use

A Primer for Trustees, Administrators, and Alumni

June 2019 by Amelia Arria & Greta Wagley

As colleges and universities acknowledge the connection between behavioral health and student success, ACTA releases this powerful report calling for a new level of awareness and collaborative action by presidents and trustees to address student alcohol and drug use. The report provides examples of successful, evidence-based programs implemented at institutions across the country, and it emphasizes that the most effective approaches to college substance use must be tailored to the culture and particular challenges faced by each campus community. The guide uniquely explores how alcohol and drug use can affect student achievement, revealing that a coordinated substance use prevention strategy will not only work to make the campus a safer and healthier environment, but also help students maximize their potential.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

In February 2012, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released a short guide to help trustees and administrators understand the growing problem of substance use on campus. Unfortunately, the statistics remain grim. While the newest statistics might not be surprising, the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse on campus has a tragic human face.

This guide seeks to provide the latest data on substance use among college students, reframe prevention efforts around the universitiy's academic mission, and help trustees and university leadership change their campus cultures through evidence-based practices. Lastly, to help trustees and administrators see these recommendations at work, this guide offers examples of successful programs that have implemented effective strategies on campus. Continue Reading >>