The University of Vermont recently celebrated the distinction of being one of three universities to receive the Campus Prevention Network’s 2017 Prevention Excellence Award for alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse prevention. Campus and community stakeholders, together with UVM’s president, Tom Sullivan, gathered for an award ceremony recognizing the significant progress that has been made toward their goal of becoming a “wellness university.” Details of how they have distinguished themselves can be found in an upcoming case study, but recognition for their advanced efforts in the field of AOD prevention began with their participation in the Campus Prevention Network’s Alcohol Diagnostic Inventory.
The Alcohol Diagnostic Inventory (ADI) is a comprehensive, research-driven assessment that examines the programs and practices taking place on college campuses. Through responses to research-informed questions, results of the ADI enable campuses to identify strengths and areas for improvement across four core pillars of prevention: Institutionalization, Critical Processes, Policy, and Programming. Based on their responses, participating schools receive a designation of Emerging, Developing, Proficient, or Advanced in each of the four pillars, as well as overall.
UVM is one of nearly 100 colleges and universities across the country that have participated in the Alcohol Diagnostic Inventory. Those institutions with an advanced rating have committed to the highest standards in alcohol and other drug prevention, paving a path for creating safer, healthier campus communities. Only 9% of schools received an Advanced ADI designation in the past two years, making them eligible for the 2017 Prevention Excellence Award. From those, three institutions emerged as doing the best work possible in the most comprehensive and thoughtful way (see Figure 1).
Distribution of Alcohol Diagnostic Inventory Designations
Today, we are excited to make this tool more broadly available to participating members of the Campus Prevention Network (CPN), at no cost. To be recognized as a participating member of the CPN, campuses simply take a pledge to assess their efforts and strive towards best practice across areas central to effective prevention. As a participating member, campuses have access to the Sexual Assault and Alcohol Diagnostic Inventories, as well as all of CPN’s webinars, blogs, research publications, and other prevention resources. Nearly 200 campuses across the country have already taken the CPN pledge, demonstrating their prevention commitment and leadership. The list of CPN pledge partners can be found here.
Through membership in the Campus Prevention Network and completion of the ADI, campuses everywhere will not only be able to asses their work and benchmark themselves against best practice research and the nation’s leading prevention institutions, but will also be eligible for consideration for the 2018 Prevention Excellence Awards. We hope that you will be among them so that we can support your work and potentially celebrate your success!
Sample Resources Available from the Campus Prevention Network
This guidebook is designed to assist college and university administrators in developing and deploying effective alcohol prevention strategies for their campuses. It is based on EVERFI’s efforts of more than 15 years examining the latest research from the field of alcohol and other drug prevention and gathering insights from our work with 1,800+ colleges and universities throughout the country.
This resource is the second revision of the original document published in 1997 by the former Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention. The guide provides an overview of the key components of EDGAR Part 86, including requirements for certification and practical implications for campus administrators.