The US Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Violence Prevention helped colleges and universities promote evidence-based "environmental management" policies designed to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse.
The project focused on helping colleges and universities implement programs to reduce the availability of alcohol, promote alcohol-free social options, and enforce laws and regulations.
- Created the Presidents Leadership Group of six university presidents to review approaches for curbing student substance abuse and create a blueprint for student alcohol and other drug prevention.
- Carried out an extensive media plan associated with the release of the leadership group's booklet of policy and program recommendations, Be Vocal, Be Visible, Be Visionary: Recommendations for College and University Presidents on Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.
- Developed a companion videotape, Be Vocal, Be Visible, Be Visionary: A Report from the Field by the Presidents Leadership Group.
- Conducted eight professional development seminars reaching up to 290 leaders of institutions of higher education.
- Conducted 76 training events at colleges and universities across the country and made 122 presentations.
- Convened the first and second Statewide Initiatives Leadership Institute for alcohol and other drug prevention leaders from institutions of higher education, communities and government.
Under a subcontract from the Education Development Center, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Donahue Institute evaluated the Center's work.
According to the evaluators:
- The substance abuse field was enthusiastic about the Center's services.
- The Center could improve its services in several areas, including:
- Accessibility (e.g., installing a 24-hour automatic telephone monitor).
- Team training (e.g., offering technical assistance on a set schedule).
- Reaching new constituencies (e.g., developing a publication on student involvement).