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Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools; Overview Information; Models of Exemplary, Effective, and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses; Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:84.184N.

Dates:

Applications Available:February 22, 2010.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications:March 31, 2010.

Deadline for Intergovernmental Review:June 1, 2010.

Full Text of AnnouncementI. Funding Opportunity Description

Purpose of Program:The goals of this program are to identify and disseminate information about exemplary and effective alcohol or other drug abuse prevention programs implemented on college campuses. Through this grant competition, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) also will recognize colleges and universities whose programs, while not yet exemplary or effective, show evidence that they are promising.

Priority:This priority is from the notice of final priority, definitions, requirements, and selection criteria for this competition, published in theFederal Registeron April 1, 2008 (73 FR 17867).

Absolute Priority:For FY 2010 and any subsequent year in which we make awards based on the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet this priority.

This priority is:

Exemplary, Effective, and Promising Alcohol or Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on College Campuses.

Under this priority the Department provides funding to institutions of higher education (IHEs) that have implemented an exemplary, effective, or promising alcohol or other drug abuse prevention program on their campus. To meet the priority, in its application, an applicant must:

1. Describe the program that has for at least two full years been implemented on its campus, including the structure and content of the program, the student population that is targeted by the program, and any unique features of the program;

2. Provide a detailed theoretical basis for the program's effectiveness;

3. Provide data to demonstrate the program's impact on the target student population, including evidence of cognitive or behavioral changes, or both, among the target population; and

4. Consent to a site visit to clarify information in the application and verify evaluation data.

Under this competition, the Department selects an IHE for recognition as having an exemplary, effective, or promising program based on the recommendation from the two peer reviewers who conduct the site visit. Therefore, note that selection for a site visit does not ensure recognition as an exemplary, effective, or promising program by the Department.

Recognition Types

Contingent upon the quality of data provided by the applicant and the recommendation of site visitors, an applicant may earn one of three levels of recognition. Level 1 is recognition as an exemplary program. An IHE whose program is designated as exemplary must:

1. Within 30 days of receiving an award, provide to the Department a plan to disseminate information about its program to other IHEs;

2. Upon approval by the Department, implement its dissemination plan; and

3. Enhance and further evaluate the exemplary program during the project period of the grant award.

Level 2 is recognition as an effective program. An IHE whose program is designated as effective must:

1. Within 30 days of receiving an award, provide to the Department a plan to disseminate information about its program to other IHEs;

2. Upon approval by the Department, implement its dissemination plan; and

3. Enhance and further evaluate the effective program during the project period of the grant award.

Level 3 is designation as a promising program. An IHE whose program is recognized as promising must:

1. Within 30 days of receiving an award, submit to the Department a plan to enhance and further evaluate its program;

2. Upon approval by the Department, implement its enhancement and evaluation plan; and

3. Within 12 months of award, provide to the Department a report detailing the results of its evaluation.

Definitions

1.Exemplary programmeans a program that has a strong theoretical base and demonstrated effectiveness in reducing alcohol or other drug abuse among college students or reducing problems resulting from alcohol or other drug use among college students, using a research design of the highest quality. For the purpose of this grant competition, a research design of the highest quality means an experimental design in which students are randomly assigned to participate in a project being evaluated (treatment group) or not participate in the project (control group). The effect of the project is the difference in outcomes between the treatment and control groups.

If strong, experimentally determined evidence of the effectiveness of a program already exists, and the program was implemented on the applicant's campus with fidelity to the research, then a quasi-experimental evaluation of the program's implementation on the applicant's campus may be an acceptable research design. For the purpose of this grant competition, quasi-experimental designs include several designs that attempt to approximate a random assignment design.

2.Effective programmeans a program that has a strong theoretical base and has been evaluated using either an experimental or quasi-experimental research design, with the evaluation results suggesting effectiveness in reducing alcohol or other drug abuse among college students, reducing problems resulting from alcohol or other drug use among college students, reducing risk factors, enhancing protective factors, or resulting in some combination of those impacts.

3.Promising programmeans a program that has a strong theoretical base and for which evidence has been obtained, using limited research methods, that the program may reduce alcohol or other drug abuse among college students, reduce problems resulting from alcohol or other drug use among college students, reduce risk factors, enhance protective factors, or result in some combination of those impacts. For the purpose of this grant competition, limited research methods are methods that include a pre- and post-treatment measurement of the effects of a treatment on a single subject or group of single subjects.

Program Authority:20 U.S.C. 7131.

Applicable Regulations:(a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The regulations in 34 CFR part 299. (c) The notice of final priority, definitions, requirements, and selection criteria, published in theFederal Registeron April 1, 2008 (73 FR 17867).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amalia Cuervo, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 10068, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-6450. Telephone: 202-245-7881. Or by e-mail:amalia.cuervo@ed.gov.

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VIII. Other Information

Accessible Format:Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g.,braille, large print, audiotape, or computer diskette) on request to the competition contact person listed underFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACTin section VII of this notice.

Electronic Access to This Document:You can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in theFederal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the following site:www.ed.gov/news/fedregister.To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at this site.

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Dated: February 16, 2010. Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools.