Outcomes of a Federally Funded Program for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention in Higher Education

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This paper presents the results of the Nationwide Campuses Study that measure the impact of programs supported by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) for collegiate alcohol and other drug (AOD) prevention efforts. Outcomes were measured by using standardized pre- and post-program items on the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey and adjusted prevalences of AOD use. Although student awareness of AOD prevention programs increased during the funding period, there also were increases in the desire for drugs at parties and in the frequencies of arrests for driving while intoxicated or under the influence and of poor academic performance. Adjusted prevalences of alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine use among students increased, while tobacco use decreased. Curriculum infusion, administrative response, and faculty and community activities most clearly were associated with favorable outcomes. Overall, however, FIPSE funding had limited short-term impact on AOD use and its consequences in higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-827
Number of pages25
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003


  • Alcohol drinking
  • Cocaine
  • Drinking behavior
  • Health promotion
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco


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