ERIC Number: ED281416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Trend Shifts Evident on College Campuses.
Blackburn, Richard D.
Bulletin of the Association of College Unions-International, v55 n2 p4-8 Mar 1987
Campus issues and trends identified by college union and student activities administrators are considered. The major college issue is alcohol and its impact on the campus. Since all but eight states have adopted the 21 drinking age, there are many administrative concerns, including monitoring campus alcohol service and finding alternatives for pub income. Alcohol education efforts have increased, and local and university police are active in enforcing the drinking age. Students are highly oriented toward degree completion and employment, and are more difficult to attract to leadership positions and organized campus activities. While students are less interested in bowling and craft shops, they enjoy comedy, films, performing arts, videos, and impersonating popular performers. Sources of income for unions include the copy center, automatic teller machines, video game machines, pay phones, and computer lounges. There continues to be a trend toward fast-food franchises in the college union, and many unions have experienced declines in food service sales. Special projects to encourage private giving to the union are having success. Union management concerns include a shortage of physical facilities. (SW)
Descriptors: Alcoholic Beverages, College Students, Drinking, Financial Support, Food, Higher Education, Income, Leisure Time, Recreational Activities, Student Interests, Student Unions, Trend Analysis
Association of College Unions-International, 400 East Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of College Unions-International, Bloomington, IN.