Colleges and universities nationwide are working continually to keep
safe the nearly 16 million students who live and learn on their
campuses. Events such as the shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech and the
renewed debate about lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18 have made
the discussions about campus health and safety issues more urgent than ever.
Researchers at EDC are working with school leaders around the country to boost the involvement of Latino parents in their children’s education, recently focusing on an Arkansas county with one of the fastest-growing Latino populations in the United States. Researchers will work with leaders from the Helen Tyson Middle School, part of the Springdale Public Schools, to apply lessons from the EDC project PALMS—Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-Grades Students.
Nearly half the U.S. Latino population ages
18–25 have not completed high school, and
only 15 percent earn a postsecondary
degree, according to a recent report by the
Education Commission of the States. To
improve students’ opportunities for higher
education, EDC developed the project
known as PALMS (Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-
Many of the more than eight million college students in the United States are faced with health and safety issues related to heavy use of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence and injury, and the full range of mental health problems. These issues include hate crimes, vandalism, high-risk sexual practices, academic failure, and suicide.
College students, alcohol use, and cars create a deadly combination. The U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, housed at EDC, has published Safe Lanes on Campus: A Guide for Preventing Impaired Driving and Underage Drinking. The publication, which is available online, in print, and on CD, describes “environmental management strategies” that can change the climate on campuses and in their surrounding communities to deter driving under the influence and high-risk and illegal alcohol use.
HEC is working to move colleges away from a primarily educational approach to high-risk drinking and toward a broader, public health approach. HEC collaborates with college students, administrators, and faculty to help them re-examine and expand their responses to student drinking. In addition to serving as a clearinghouse and publisher of prevention resources, HEC provides training and technical assistance to individual campuses.