Alcohol and other drug abuse is antithetical to academic excellence and the values associated with higher education. The recent resurgence of illicit drug use and alcohol abuse, coupled with the interactions of these behaviors with other critical social issues such as AIDS, sexual assault, and vandalism, has accelerated the need to reassess our approach to prevention. Institutional liability and new federal legislation provide additional motivation to this already pressing need. This volume of New Directions for Student Services details the current problems of alcohol abuse and other drug use in higher education and suggests approaches for creating a campus climate that is more conducive to successful social and academic development. This is the 67th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Student Services. For more information on the series, please see the Journals and Periodicals page.
About the Author
EILEEN V. COUGHLIN is vice president for student affairs and dean of academic support services at Western Washington University, Bellingham. She was also director of the qualitative evaluation project presented in chapters Six and Seven.