ERIC Number: ED538758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Prevention at Community Colleges. Prevention Update
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
According to "Community College Student Alcohol Use: Developing Context-Specific Evidence and Prevention Approaches," community colleges have traditionally had a threefold mission that includes preparing students for transfer to four-year colleges, developmental education, and workforce preparation. The researchers point out that the demographic characteristics of community colleges and their unique organizational context and culture are important factors when it comes to alcohol consumption and the reduction of associated harms. In addition, institutional student health and service capacity is significantly smaller at community colleges than at four-year institutions. Participants in a survey about student substance use, and infrastructure (staff and funding), programs, and collaborations dedicated to substance use prevention of 100 administrators, faculty, and health services staff at 100 community colleges reported a number of alcohol- and other drug-related concerns. Participating community colleges reported implementing a number of programs, although many are not implementing some of the programs popular at traditional four-year colleges, and collaborating with a number of on- and off-campus groups on substance abuse issues and services. According to the researchers, the findings of this survey indicate that administrators are quite concerned about student alcohol and other drug use and are developing programs despite limited staff and funding.
Descriptors: Health Services, Prevention, Evidence, Substance Abuse, Drinking, Community Colleges, Drug Use, Researchers, College Students, Surveys, Program Development
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)