Presidential leadership and strong support from the top campus affairs administrator is an important factor in capacity building and student success.
Even in the face of political complexities, incomplete research data, and time constraints, college and university presidents are in a critical position to influence the social atmosphere of their campuses. As the chief executive of an institution of higher education, a president can make informed decisions to improve the health and safety of students and be a catalyst for new research-based programs that will benefit future efforts to develop and maintain safe and supportive learning environments. Presidents can take an active role in assuring that their campuses provide safe and supportive learning environments by
It is often tempting to experiment with simple, untested strategies. Excessive college drinking, however, is a complex problem requiring complex solutions, and many quick-fix solutions have a high failure rate. Therefore, methodologically rigorous approaches are both ethically and financially sound.
Presidents who make a visible personal commitment and are part of the team that develops a vision for change can make a real difference on campuses when it comes to student success.
Integrating research into college prevention-program planning requires not only your participation, but also cooperation from the larger campus community—faculty and staff, students, parents, alumni, alcohol researchers, and policymakers. Presidents can motivate and inspire these groups to work with them by using the visibility of their office to speak passionately about the issue and possible solutions. Presidents are in a position to make a compelling case for change.
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