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COMPASS is part of the Healthy Expectations project developed by George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health. Developed in 2005, COMPASS represents one part of an overall programmatic initiative designed to help new students make a healthy transition to college. While the content can be valuable for students and others of all ages, it is designed with particular attention to the unique transition considerations faced by a student new to the college environment.
Designed at George Mason University, the initial intent was to prepare a resource that helps students maximize their success in college. COMPASS was conceptualized and written in a way that could easily be useful for college students at any college or university in the nation. While some issues are unique to a specific campus or setting, most issues found with the transition to the college experience are fairly common across the nation. The local campus-based applications of COMPASS are found with the local resources segment as well as personalized discussions among staff and students. Similarly, the reflection and planning worksheets are helpful as a guide for individual students taking charge of their own lives, with these serve as general guides and helpful frameworks. Thus, what was initially written for Mason students is quite applicable and appropriate for other students throughout the nation.
Initial funding for this project was provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Ultimately, the project focuses on the reduction of high risk drinking among college students through attention to the root causes of alcohol abuse. The innovative strategies seek to promote life health planning within the context of social norms marketing. A more extensive explanation of this approach is elaborated upon further in the background information section found on the project’s web site.
In 2006, the Healthy Expectations project (of which COMPASS is a part) was named as a recipient of “Model Program” funding by the U. S. Department of Education. This new funding promotes dissemination of this initiative with college and university students throughout the nation. The contents of this resource were developed under a grant from the U. S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U. S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government
While COMPASS provides an overall framework for students and their development, this resource is made possible only by the dedication, creativity, and hard work of an entire team of individuals working on the project.
Specific thanks are provided to the following:
2006 Project Staff
David S. Anderson, Ph.D.
Candace S. Parham, M. S.
Justin M. Lux
2005 Project Staff
Producer and Project Manager
Creative Designer and Programming Director
Center for the Advancement of Public Health
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