USDE 2005 Model Programs

Winners of the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Models on College Campuses Grant Competition (FY 2005 Awards)

Seven campuses received awards under the U.S. Department of Education’s grant competition to identify innovative and effective alcohol and other drug prevention programs. Campuses will use their award funds primarily to maintain, improve or evaluate their award-winning program further. Model programs from the following institutions are described below.

  • Gonzaga University
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Arizona  
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Virginia Commonwealth University


Project Real: Just the Facts

Project REAL is an exemplary program at Gonzaga University that addresses prevention on the three levels identified by researchers as important in a prevention program: universal (the entire campus community), selected (students at risk), and indicated (students already showing signs of a problem).

The primary project goal to reduce high-risk drinking in college students uses a multi-part strategy that seeks to:

1)  Goal:   Correct misperceptions of quantity and frequency of student drinking patterns.  Increase use of protective factors and helping behaviors of campus-wide population.

2)  Goal:  Change misperceptions of campus drinking culture among first year students.

3)  Goal:  Decrease typical and peak BAC levels for high-risk drinkers.

4) Goal:  Increase late night program options and increase number of students attending.

5)  Goal:  Modify environmental factors by extending the environment of respect and care demonstrated by students off-campus through the service of an AmeriCorps member by engaging students in prevention oriented service.