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Grant Competition to Prevent High-Risk Drinking or Violent Behavior among College Students

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The Secretary of Education identified a national need to address high-risk drinking and violent behavior among college students. This grant competition's goal is to provide funds to individual institutions of higher education, consortia thereof, public and private organizations, including faith-based organizations, and individuals to develop or enhance, implement, and evaluate campus- and/or community-based prevention and early intervention strategies. Grantees focus attention on and develop solutions to prevent and reduce high-risk drinking or violent behavior among college students.

Indiana University
Project Director: Dong Chul

This project will require every first-year student to complete an interactive Web-based cognitive-behavioral skills prevention course before beginning classes; establish a cadre of trained peers in residence halls to provide screening, brief interventions, and normative education; develop a social norms campaign to reinforce the cognitive and behavioral skills learned through the online course; include communication of the university's alcohol policies to students and parents in admissions materials; and perform community- and policy-level assessment, planning, and implementation via a campus-community coalition.

Fordham University
Project Director: Celia B. Fisher

The Fordham Athlete Alcohol Prevention Initiative includes a multi-component motivational enhancement intervention targeted at individual change for all varsity student athletes; peer alcohol intervention training for student athlete leaders from each varsity sports team targeted at change within team culture and peer expectations; and the creation of the Student Life and Athletics Administrators Coalition to enhance collaborative environmental management strategies for the prevention and early identification of student athletes' high-risk drinking.

Boise State University
Project Director: Diana Doumas

This project's goals are to implement and evaluate an electronic personalized feedback prevention program, determine the most effective timing of the prevention program, and develop a model program for other high-risk populations at the university, as well as other state and regional colleges and universities. The primary outcomes include a reduction in athletes' quantity of drinking, reduction in athletes' drinking-related consequences, and a reduction in documented athletes' citations for alcohol policy violations.

Loyola Marymount University
Project Director: Joe LaBrie

This project is a collaborative intervention designed to reduce high-risk drinking by filling two significant gaps in the university's response to high-risk drinking: binge drinking among first-year students in residence halls and problematic drinkers who evade the university's judicial system. To create healthy community standards, the project uses innovative interactive interventions within student groups to correct misperceptions of the drinking attitudes and behaviors of their peers. The project also will screen students self-referred to student psychological services to determine if a brief motivational intervention is needed.

Colorado State University
Project Director: Jennifer Cross

This project's goals are to reduce underage and other high-risk drinking among first-year students and to increase community-based prevention efforts affecting alcohol use among first-year students. A research-based social norms campaign and alcohol-free activities led by residence hall assistants and peer educators will be implemented. The project also will include server training for liquor retailers, and a coalition of campus and community members will be developed to help guide the project and develop a sustainable program.

Loyola University of Chicago
Project Director: Diana Asaro

This project plans to proactively screen first-year males using a standardized instrument to engage students identified as high-risk in a highly effective motivational enhancement intervention. The program also will strategically engage faculty, staff, and parents to increase campus involvement and identify new avenues of prevention. The program will conduct a community assessment using innovative geographic information technology to improve the university's understanding of environmental contributors to high-risk drinking among students.

Black Hills State University
Project Director: Larry Vrooman

This project targets underage students who consume alcohol and students both under and over age 21 who use alcohol excessively. The project's intended outcomes are to reduce alcohol use by underage students; decrease the availability of alcohol in the community; increase the number, awareness of, and participation in alcohol-free on-campus activities that compete directly with traditional student drinking activities; increase awareness of career consequences of alcohol use and alcohol-related convictions; and increase exposure to and awareness of students to prevention issues and campus-specific alcohol use data through curriculum infusion.

University of Central Florida
Project Director: Michael Dunn

This project will implement and evaluate an effective, expectancy-based curriculum that will be delivered in college classrooms by peer educators. The project's goals are to reduce alcohol consumption, reduce academic problems and other negative consequences related to alcohol use, and to develop training materials for subsequent peer educators to make full implementation of the curriculum self-sustaining and easily implemented at any institution with a similar infrastructure.

University of Connecticut
Project Director: Carolyn Lin

This project's goals are to reduce student high-risk drinking rates through an integrated campus-community marketing communication campaign; integrate the existing prevention programs into the campus norms campaign to create a unified and comprehensive prevention initiative, and to produce evaluation outcomes based on the project's results to inform future prevention strategies. The proposed outcome is a decrease in heavy episodic drinking in the campus and off-campus communities throughout the school year and specifically the Spring Weekend event.

Elon University
Project Director: George Smith Jackson

This project's goals are to increase high-risk drinking prevention programs and services to first-year students, reduce high-risk drinking among first-year students, and reduce consequences of high-risk drinking among first-year students. Activities include having first-year students complete an online alcohol education program, involving parents in prevention efforts, creating an advisory panel including students, faculty, staff, and community members, creating a social norms marketing campaign, and increasing enforcement of minimum drinking age laws.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Project Director: David Spano

This project is guided by the social ecological framework, which recognizes that cultural norms, organizational culture, community capacity, and laws are all essential areas to target in order to reduce individuals' high-risk drinking practices. The project's goals are to change the culture of drinking on campus, reduce the prevalence and frequency of high-risk drinking, especially among first-year students and Greeks, and reduce students' exposure to negative outcomes associated with high-risk drinking.

University of Southern Maine
Project Director: Rebecca Ireland

This project's focus is to reduce high-risk drinking among college students by limiting students' access to alcohol from peers and to decrease the willingness of college students to host parties which facilitate high-risk drinking. The project design includes campaigns to change social norms and behavioral intentions around furnishing alcohol to minors and hosting parties where high-risk consumption occurs, more focused and effective enforcement of laws around providing alcohol and hosting parties, and using educational interventions for students identified as facilitating high-risk drinking through furnishing or party hosting.

University of Kentucky
Project Director: Dorothy J. Edwards

This project addresses the problem of violence against women, defined as physical assault, sexual assault, and stalking victimization. In recognition of the substantial limitations, gaps, and weaknesses in the university's responses to violence against women as revealed by the Women's Safety Study, in combination with the existing prevention and intervention literature across disciplines, the project targets first-year students for prevention and intervention programming, while including steps to modify the broader university culture that first-year students are entering and strengthen bystander involvement.

Community Recovery Services
Project Director: Joan Kiley

This project will utilize a model program, Community Trials Intervention for High-Risk Drinking, to reduce high-risk drinking behaviors of students who frequent the south-campus area of the University of California, Berkeley. A student group will collaborate with other stakeholders, including representatives of the university, neighborhood residents, and law enforcement to reduce alcohol availability, reduce sales of alcohol to minors, increase accountability of social hosts regarding underage drinking, and increase the training and accountability of alcohol retailers regarding underage and other high-risk drinking.

Arizona State University
Project Director: Karen Moses

The project's goals are to institute a mandatory online alcohol education program to all first-year students; design, implement, and evaluate a social marketing campaign targeting first-year residence halls; review, implement, and evaluate curriculum infusion modules; develop and implement a collaborative university-wide human and institutional infrastructure to build capacity to address underage and other high-risk drinking; and partner with liquor retail outlets to increase social host compliance.

Center for Human Services
Project Director: K. Grogan Ullah

The project's primary goal is to decrease high-risk drinking among first-year students and fraternity and sorority members at McDaniel College. Project objectives include identifying high-risk or alcohol-dependent students, providing early intervention and referrals, engaging students in addressing factors that foster high-risk drinking, and engaging college and community members in addressing high-risk drinking and developing and enforcing policies and program interventions.

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Project Director: Renee Baird Snyder

This project's goals are to reduce high-risk drinking and associated risks among the University of Maryland, College Park's undergraduate first-time alcohol policy violators and undergraduate students who screen as high-risk drinkers during routine visits to the university's health center. Interventions include an evidence-based strategy for online screening and feedback and counselor-provided brief motivational interviews.

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