ERIC Number: ED420359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Alcohol and Other Drugs: Prevention Challenges at Community Colleges.
Ryan, Barbara E.
In this document, The Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention focuses on prevention challenges at community colleges. Students at community colleges differ from those at four-year institutions in a number of areas, including social demographics as well as alcohol and other drug-related problems. Community college students are generally older than their counterparts at four-year institutions, usually married and with dependents, and are more likely to work full time while attending school part time. While community college students drink alcohol less often than students at four-year institutions, they reported using tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, and hallucinogens more often. Thus, prevention efforts at community colleges may need to place greater emphasis on illicit drug use. Unfortunately, the lack of resources is a common problem across the board of educational institutions. Research suggests that the most promising approach to prevention is employing multiple strategies that affect the campus environment as a whole. A comprehensive approach would allow school officials and students to play significant roles in prevention and include clear policies, policy enforcement, education, intervention and treatment referral, and program evaluation. (YKH)
Descriptors: Alcohol Abuse, Alcohol Education, College Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Drug Abuse, Drug Education, Health Promotion, Institutional Environment, Institutional Evaluation, Intervention, Prevention, Program Evaluation, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA, 02158; toll-free phone: 800-676-1730; World Wide Web: www.edc.org/hec/
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.