Truman State University values a community of learners with a commitment to responsibility for their actions, caring for others, and being supportive of others in their educational endeavors. We seek to emphasize the promotion of positive coping skills and health enhancing behaviors. To create a campus environment that supports students in making responsible choices, the coalition will focus our efforts on the topics of alcohol and substance use, high risk drinking behaviors, stress/mental health and bystander intervention. The coalition will partner with other Truman and Kirksville community organizations and assets to achieve these goals.
The Purpose of PIP
To create a state-wide coalition of public institutions of higher education in Missouri and relevant state agencies (the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Missouri Department of Liquor Control and the Missouri Division of Highway Safety) to collaboratively develop strategies for reducing and preventing high-risk drinking among Missouri college students. The goals are as follows:
- To establish a communication network among the public institutions of higher education in Missouri and state agencies to create effective strategies for addressing the abuse of alcohol and other drugs among Missouri college students.
- To provide on-going training opportunities for higher education professionals and students on the effective prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse among Missouri college students.
- To facilitate evaluation efforts including an environmental assessment, needs assessments, establishment of baseline data of students’ AOD usage patterns, and measuring the effectiveness of policy changes and program implementation over the grant period.
- To provide resources that campuses can access in order to create on-going, creative and effective prevention efforts.
- An increase in the number of campus/community coalitions throughout the state.
- An increase in the skill level of those students and professionals who participate in training opportunities.
- To collect baseline data on students at all participating Missouri colleges and universities.
- A decrease in availability of alcohol to college students.
- An increase in the number of alternative, alcohol free programming in the participating campus communities.
- A decrease in student drinking rates including; binge drinking, average number of drinks per week and number of times students drink per week.
- A decrease in the negative consequences of binge drinking including violence.
- An increase in the accuracy of students’ perception of their peer’s AOD use.