Not that long ago, the nation’s campus-based prevention professionals were loosely organized in part by the U.S. Department of Education and its funded Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention (HEC), through an entity called The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues (The Network). This group of national volunteers worked to disseminate evidence-based best practices to regions and campuses. At one point, The Network listed more than 1,600 campuses as members.
A few years ago, due to a lack of external funding, The Network’s executive board voted to formally disband. While a loss to the field, there is now a resurgent interest in reestablishing a system for campuses to efficiently work together and learn from each other. Over the past year, some amazing developments in organizing campuses have occurred.