ERIC Number: ED538754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Performance, Retention, and Alcohol Use. Prevention Update
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
Drinking remains a significant part of the college experience for many students across the nation. The 2010 Monitoring the Future survey found that 65 percent of college students reported alcohol use in the past 30 days, 37 percent reported occasions of heavy drinking (five or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks), and nearly half (44 percent) reported having been drunk in the prior 30 days. The effect of high-risk and heavier drinking on academic performance has been well documented in a number of studies. However, research demonstrating its effect on retention is limited. The multiple factors influencing a student's decision to leave college make it difficult to directly correlate students' alcohol use to the ability to succeed in college. This paper discusses studies conducted on the correlation of student attrition, retention and alcohol use. Lessons learned from a program used by the University of Connecticut are discussed.
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Attrition, Drinking, Career Development, Academic Persistence, College Students, Surveys, Alcohol Abuse, Risk, Correlation, Program Descriptions, Prevention
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.edc.org/projects/higher_education_center_alcohol_drug_abuse_and_violence_prevention
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Healthy Students (ED); Education Development Center, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut