Formulation and implementation of *policies and programs associated with alcohol on a college campus: Two case studies

Carol Ann Hayes, University of Pennsylvania


The purpose of this research is to ascertain how an institution defined its alcohol problem(s), who was involved in making the decisions and what were the approaches and strategies deployed in order to formulate and implement its alcohol policies and programs. The researcher used case studies of Dantin University's Kylan College and Philip George University. Dantin University was founded by a small business owner, in the first half of 20th century as a small college, located in a growing metropolitan city. Several years later, Dantin College gained university status when a school of law was added and the business and education departments became separate schools. Today, Dantin has five schools of learning and has since relocated to a smaller town adjacent to the city of its origin and maintains its original church affiliation; however, it operates nonsectarian and independent of ecclesiastical controls. The focus of the research was Dantin's Kylan College. Kylan is the university's residential college of letters, arts and sciences, enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Philip George University first opened its doors as a small liberal arts college in the late 19th century in the heart of one of the biggest metropolises in the world. Since its founding, Philip George has added 16 professional schools that now provide a diverse array of academic offerings to its students. Additionally, it is one of the oldest independent teaching and research universities west of the Mississippi River. This research includes a literature review examining the factors that influence alcohol use; policies and programs implemented by other institutions; the decision making processes used to formulate and implement policies and programs; and the analysis of institutional documents and interviews with twenty-one key university leaders. The study describes how each institution defined its problem(s) associated with alcohol, identifies who was involved in the decision making, and discovers the approaches and strategies used to address the alcohol abuse problem(s). Significant findings of this study confirmed that the institutional culture and its history as well as who was involved in the decision making process are major factors in reducing alcohol use and abuse.

Subject Area

Health education|School administration|Academic guidance counseling

Recommended Citation

Hayes, Carol Ann, "Formulation and implementation of *policies and programs associated with alcohol on a college campus: Two case studies" (2006). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI3209998.