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California State University’s Successful Alcohol Prevention Programs are Showcased at Board of Trustees Meeting

(July 10, 2007) California State University’s Board of Trustees heard today the third biennial report on the CSU’s continuing efforts to educate and reduce alcohol-related problems throughout its 23-campus system. The report outlined the implementation efforts, progress and success of the trustees’ Alcohol Policy and Prevention Programs adopted in 2001.

The report showcased CSU campus reports on progress in implementing campus policies, enforcement, and education in addition to developing, implementing, and assessing alcohol prevention, training, intervention, and treatment programs. Highlights of the progress report include a documented trend toward less alcohol use among students, fewer alcohol-related incidents, and increased education programs. 

“The CSU’s alcohol policy is visionary and ambitious, and it has been called one of the most comprehensive in the country,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “For it to continue being a success, collaboration and cooperation among staff at the campus level, our public agency partners, and CSU students must continue and grow.” 

Alcohol education and prevention programs currently being developed and implemented by CSU campuses are designed based on “guiding principles” and key recommendations adopted by the trustees. (The principles and recommendations may be found on p.16-17 of the Educational Policy Committee’s report. ) The programs address six areas: policies; enforcement and legal issues; education and prevention programs; training, intervention and treatment; assessment; and resources. These focus areas were also aligned with mission statements developed by each of the 23 CSU campuses to reduce alcohol abuse.

CSU’s alcohol policy focuses on education and prevention, which includes partnering with law enforcement, alcohol avoidance organizations, and other public entities. In the first compact of its kind in California, a “memorandum of understanding” was signed in February 2002 partnering the CSU with six state agencies. These partners are: the Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency; Alcoholic Beverage Control; Alcohol and Drug Programs; the California Highway Patrol; the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Working with the CSU, the OTS has funded at total of sixteen CSU campuses with two grants of $750,000 each -- the first in October 2002 running through December 2004 and the second in February 2005 running through December 2006 -- to reduce alcohol abuse and drunk driving, strengthen peer education programs, and offer responsible beverage service training. (The results of the CSU Alcohol and Traffic Safety Project may be found in the Educational Policy Committee’s report on page 21 and following). An additional grant of $725,000 was just awarded to the CSU by the OTS to continue the program. This grant will support the remaining seven CSU campuses that have not received OTS funding.

Many CSU campuses have also expanded their policies on alcohol and other drugs to include the use of tobacco.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 417,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 86,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See

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Last Updated: July 10, 2007

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