ERIC Number: ED532595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Management Approach to Improve College Student and Community Relations to Reduce Binge and High-Risk Alcohol Use and Other Drug Problems. Prevention Update
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
A central feature of the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention is the promotion of multiple prevention strategies that affect campus and surrounding community environments as a whole and can, thereby, have a large-scale effect on the entire campus community. In outlining the environmental management approach, the Higher Education Center has identified five areas of strategic intervention that are effective in altering the environment with respect to alcohol and other drug abuse: (1) Offer substance-free social, extracurricular, and public service options; (2) Create a health-promoting normative environment; (3) Limit availability of alcohol and other drugs; (4) Restrict the marketing and promotion of alcohol and other drugs both on and off campus; and (5) Develop and enforce campus policies and enforce laws to address high-risk and illegal alcohol and other drug abuse and violence. Implementing effective environmental strategies will be more likely if there is strong presidential leadership; a campus-wide task force that includes a broad spectrum of faculty, staff, and students; engagement with the community through a campus and community coalition; and the active participation of college officials in public policy debates, especially at the state level. The Center offers an integrated array of services to help colleges implement these prevention strategies. This paper describes a research that shows how environmental prevention strategies can influence drinking among college students. It also describes PartySafe@Cal, a health services program at the University of California Berkeley that promotes environmental prevention efforts and educates students about alcohol risk management. A list of resources is included.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Prevention, Politics of Education, Public Policy, Health Services, Narcotics, Risk Management, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Drinking, College Students, School Community Relationship, Drug Use, Intervention, Extracurricular Activities, School Policy, Law Enforcement, At Risk Persons, Violence, Leadership, College Presidents, Program Descriptions
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. EDC, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 800-676-1730; Fax: 617-928-1537; e-mail: HigherEdCtr@edc.org; Web site: http://www.higheredcenter.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED); Education Development Center, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention (ED)
Identifiers - Location: California