IUP Participates in Department of Education $500,000 Alcohol Culture Change Grant

Posted on 2/9/2010 8:49:01 AM

PASSHE received a $500,000 two-year U.S. Department of Education grant to reduce alcohol consumption and binge drinking among first-year residential students by 7 percent.

IUP will be one of fourteen universities participating in the grant’s goals, which are:

  1. To create a mission statement that clearly articulates the State System’s position on alcohol as a key public health issue to be addressed by PASSHE’s constituent universities.
  2. To create a systemwide strategic plan that will assist in aligning priorities, providing meaningful direction and identifying critical activities pertinent to each university’s needs.
  3. To oversee the administration of the strategic plan to ensure a coordinated administration of NIAAA strategies to affect collegiate drinking.
  4. To evaluate the effectiveness of the strategic plan.
  5. To position the PASSHE and individual member institutions to effectively continue the coalition and its work following the completion of the U.S. Department of Education’s grant.

Ann Sesti of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Program will lead IUP’s implementation, along with a team of university colleagues. This month, freshmen living on campus will participate in the CORE, a national survey assessing student behaviors and perception of students’ use of alcohol.