CHIEF STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICERS’ INTERPRETATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MINIMUM LEGAL DRINKING AGE AND THE AMETHYST INITIATIVE: A DISCURSIVE POLICY ANALYSIS . Rebecca Jane Caldwell SACSA 2012. Thanks. SACSA Award Committee University of North Carolina-Wilmington Clemson University
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CHIEF STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICERS’ INTERPRETATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MINIMUM LEGAL DRINKING AGE AND THE AMETHYST INITIATIVE: A DISCURSIVE POLICY ANALYSIS
Rebecca Jane Caldwell
Non- AI Campuses
CSAOs defined dangerous and irresponsible drinking as the focus of their alcohol abuse prevention efforts, as opposed to underage drinking;
CSAOs expressed a strong belief that students could be reasoned into right action regarding alcohol use through educational efforts;
CSAOs expressed a need to find a balance between strictness and leniency in their response to alcohol abuse on campus;
CSAOs expressed a range of beliefs about the changeability of their campus alcohol abuse issues;
CSAOs were unclear about what would happen if the MLDA was lowered; and
CSAOs attempted to balance their multiple roles on campus as they led alcohol abuse prevention efforts.
Research Question 2:How has the Amethyst Initiative affected Chief Student Affairs Officers’ interpretation and implementation of the Minimum Legal Drinking Age?
AI institutions believed that they were engaging in an intellectual debate about the effectiveness of the MLDA;
The AI failed to capture the attention and imagination of campuses and the broader culture;
The CSAOs in this study displayed a broad range of involvement by their president in the decision whether or not to sign the AI; and
The AI was seen as counter-productive to campuses citing progress on alcohol abuse issues.
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