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Comparing NCHA and CORE Survey Results

A survey similar to the NCHA, known as the CORE survey, was recently administered to students from 17 different colleges and universities around the Twin Cities metro area, including the University of Minnesota. The 2005 CORE survey was a standardized questionnaire designed to obtain information regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among college students. This survey was administered to random samples of undergraduate students from 17 different colleges and universities within 80 miles of the Twin Cities, including 2 and 4 year schools, and both public and private institutions. The CORE survey obtained a response rate of 43.8%, and collected information from 6,751 respondents. Mean ages of respondents from the different schools ranged from 20 to 31 years old, making the CORE sample a bit older than the samples obtained for NCHA surveys in Duluth.

While not all items from the CORE survey match questions asked in the NCHA, some questions are identical and others provide enough information so that CORE findings may be compared to findings from NCHA survey results obtained around the Duluth area during the three college drinking study. Some noteworthy comparisons are that: