Wesley Perkins, professor of sociology, was invited to be a member of a panel speaking about college student retention at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, in Chicago, on March 9. Perkins’ talk was about “The Impact of Alcohol Misuse on College Student Retention.” The presentation focused on the many pathways through which retention of all students (heavy drinkers, light drinkers and abstainers) is significantly reduced by the heavy drinking that takes place in college and university settings and by misperceptions about peer drinking norms.
Perkins is a graduate of Purdue University, and he received his M.A., M. Div., M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the author of dozens of journal articles about substance abuse prevention and has been honored with national awards for his work in preventing alcohol and drug abuse in colleges and universities. His work with David Craig, professor of chemistry at HWS, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a premiere model for substance abuse prevention.