ERIC Number: EJ1062871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Reference Count: 17
How Are 2-Year US Colleges Addressing Student Alcohol Use and Related Problems?
Lenk, Kathleen M.; Nelson, Toben F.; Erickson, Darin J.; Toomey, Traci L.
Journal of College Student Development, v56 n4 p380-385 May 2015
A considerable amount of attention and research has been dedicated to addressing alcohol use and related problems among students at 4-year colleges; however, less attention has been given to alcohol-related issues among students at 2-year technical/community colleges. This article describes research that expands on a study by Chiauzzi and colleagues (2011). The research provides in-depth information pertaining to 2-year colleges and alcohol use, such as: (1) Alcohol education; (2) Screening; (3) Intervention services; and (4) Data on alcohol enforcement and policy practices. Researchers in this study used an online survey of campus administrators of 106 US 2-year colleges to investigate the range of alcohol services, programs, and policies in place at 2-year colleges in the United States. The results of this study offer one of the first assessments of how 2-year colleges in the United States are addressing alcohol-related issues among students. The degree to which alcohol-related services, programs, and policies are in place at 2-year colleges varied depending on the type of service or program considered. Although many 2-year colleges in the study conduct alcohol screening after a student is involved in an alcohol-related incident (e.g., involving the police), more proactive, routine screening--such as counseling or health care visits--is likely to help prevent problems from occurring. Campuses of 2-year colleges can be an important point of contact to reach young adults (and older students) who may be at risk for alcohol problems; these students may not otherwise be identified or seek help in the greater community. Although 2-year colleges are likely to have tight budget constraints, addressing alcohol and other substance issues among students has the potential to improve student retention and completion rates, as well as help students to succeed following their tenure at the college. Further examination of the alcohol programs and policies that are most effective for the 2-year college setting is warranted.
Descriptors: Drinking, Alcohol Abuse, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Student Behavior, Online Surveys, Administrator Attitudes, Intervention, School Policy, School Counseling, Screening Tests, At Risk Students, Prevention, Discipline, School Health Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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