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Gambling has always been a part of the human experience, and it is arguably now more popular than ever around the world. Fueled by changes in communication, commerce, and cultural values, gambling opportunities are seemingly ubiquitous. It is not surprising-given this societal context, students' perceptions regarding money, and their developmental stages-that many of them are engaged in gambling activity to one degree or another. Evidence suggests, however, that many in higher education remain unaware of the ...
Gambling has always been a part of the human experience, and it is arguably now more popular than ever around the world. Fueled by changes in communication, commerce, and cultural values, gambling opportunities are seemingly ubiquitous. It is not surprising-given this societal context, students' perceptions regarding money, and their developmental stages-that many of them are engaged in gambling activity to one degree or another. Evidence suggests, however, that many in higher education remain unaware of the extent of the gambling activity in which students (and members of the staff and faculty for that matter) are engaged, the extent of problem gambling and pathological gambling among students, and the potential consequences of campus gambling for students and institutions.
It has been noted that this generation of students grew up in an era when gambling was always commonplace and widely accepted. Given our history, the current popularity of gambling, and the role of gaming in the marketplace, it appears likely that gambling activity will continue to be a part of campus life. This volume of New Directions for Student Services offers information, suggestions for research, frameworks for policy development, and models for practice related to campus gambling. We hope it proves useful to students and faculty in higher education graduate preparation programs, student affairs professionals, other members of the higher education community, and all those interested in supporting student success.
This is the 113th issue of the Jossey-Bass series New Directions for Student Services.
Editors’ Notes (George S. McClellan, Tom W. Hardy, Jim Caswell).
1. Gambling: An Old School New Wave Challenge for Higher Education in the Twenty-First Century (George S. McClellan, Ken C. Winters)
This chapter gives a brief definition and history of gambling and information about the rate of participation by college students.
2. Listening to Their Stories: Students’ Perspectives About Campus Gambling (Jim Caswell).
This chapter explores students’ perspectives regarding campus gambling by listening to their gambling-related experiences and stories.
3. A Minute to Learn and a Lifetime to Master: Implications of the Poker Craze for College Campuses (Thomas W. Hardy).
This chapter addresses the proliferation of poker (live and online) and discusses how campuses have responded to this activity.
4. Sports Wagering (Donald L. Rockey, Jr., Chris King).
This chapter discusses wagering on college athletics, and sports wagering on the part of college students and student athletes.
5. The Surge in Online Gambling on College Campuses (Stuart J. Brown).
This chapter focuses on the issues surrounding the growth of online gambling on college and university campuses.
6. Problem and Pathological Gambling Among College Students (Randy Stinchfield, William E. Hanson, Douglas H. Olson).
This chapter examines problem and pathological gambling among college students and reports on prevalence rate, risk and protective factors, and prevention and intervention strategies.
7. Ethical and Practical Considerations for Developing Institutional Gambling Policy (Jason A. Laker).
This chapter suggests questions useful in developing or refining institutional or departmental gambling policies as well as ethical, political, and social considerations.
8. The Gambling Action Team: A Cross-Divisional Approach to Gambling Education and Intervention (Chris King, Thomas W. Hardy).
This chapter relates the experiences of one university in developing and implementing a cross-divisional proactive program to address campus gambling.
9. Learning and Living with the Genie (George S. McClellan, Jim Caswell, Thomas W. Hardy).
The coeditors of the chapter identify seven messages, address several remaining points, and offer summary comments on where we go from here.