ERIC Number: ED478630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan-25
Reference Count: N/A
Engaging the Nation's Community Colleges as Prevention Partners. A Brief Report from the Roundtable on Community College Health and Safety: Preventing Substance Abuse and Violence (Washington, DC, January 25, 2002).
Education Development Center, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
This document describes a January 2002 roundtable held with the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and community college representatives. The nation's 1,166 public and private community colleges enroll approximately 10.4 million students, or 44% of all U.S. undergraduates. The aim of the roundtable was to explore new ways to combat student substance abuse and violence on community college campuses. Attendees reviewed the prevention needs of community colleges, major challenges they face, current resources, and key stakeholders who contribute to campus-based prevention efforts. Research on alcohol and other drug (AOD) use among community college students is limited, although studies do show that in general community college students drink less heavily than do students at four-year institutions. This is undoubtedly influenced by the fact that community college students tend to be older, often work, and often have children or live with their parents; as well as the fact that community colleges usually do not have fraternities, dorms, or large intercollegiate athletics programs. However, community college students report using tobacco, cocaine, and amphetamines at higher rates than students at four-year institutions do. Community colleges tend to have fewer staff and monetary resources devoted to prevention than four-year institutions. Offers information about best practices and concerns for further exploration. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Newton, MA.; Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Safe and Drug Free Schools Program.; American Association of Community Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Cambridge, MA.