Higher Education

Eighteen-to-19 year-olds account for two-thirds of all teen pregnancies in South Carolina, and unplanned pregnancies increase the likelihood that students will not complete their education.

What you should know:

  • 61% of women who had children after enrolling in community college failed to finish their degree, which is 65% higher than the rate for those who didn’t have children.
  • Two year colleges and universities have a concentration of older youth, which makes them a great place to share sexual health information and provide sexual health services. Almost 20,000 18 to 19-year-olds attended South Carolina technical colleges in 2008. A 2009 study from the SC Campaign found that only 29% of campus health centers provided access to birth control pills. Health Centers are typically not a part of two year campus life.
  • In South Carolina, only 6% of two year campuses provided a student health center on campus, compared to 85% of four year campuses.

What colleges and universities can do:

  • Partner with a local health center that can provide contraception. Health Centers are typically not a part of two year campus life. In South Carolina, only 6% of two year campuses provided a student health center on campus, compared to 85% of four year campuses. The SC Campaign has partnered local community health centers with two year campuses to increase awareness of family planning services. Health Centers provide staff on campus at least one day per week and actively reach out to students about their services. Contact Rena Dixon for support if you need assistance when creating this partnership.
  • Incorporate information about sexual health, decision making and contraception into College 101 courses or offer stand alone courses for 18-19 year old students.The SC Campaign College 101 course “Be in the Know" is available in a one hour format. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy curriculum, “Making Smart Decisions,”authored by professors of two years schools, was designed specifically for two year campuses and has been replicated in South Carolina. The Bedsider website from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has contraceptive reminder tools and sexual health information targeting young adults.
  • Promote NotRightNowSC.org- the SC Campaign's youth website that is dedicated to providing sexual health information and access to care. Contact communications@teenpregnancysc.org for materials to distribute to students.
  • Provide condoms to students. Condoms can be distributed on campus through student life, residential life programs, peer education programs and in bathrooms. For more information on how to get condoms on your campus, visit the Learning Center.
  • Engage students as advocates. Encourage students to get involved with the Tell Them advocacy network and/or developing student driven projects that encourage healthy sexual behavior on campus.

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