Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Political Science


Alcohol consumption is often seen as a rite of passage for college students. Unfortunately, over 1,800 college students die and thousands more are injured each year as a result of inappropriate alcohol use. Alcohol abuse is also often linked to sexual assaults, fights, property damage, and numerous healthy issues. Students that abuse alcohol tend to struggle academically and have a higher likelihood of dropping out of college all together. Higher education administrators at universities and colleges across the country experience the negative effects of this behavior. To help combat and reduce these negative effects, it is critical that administrators develop strong alcohol education, prevention, and intervention strategies.

Using the Sourcebook 2001 Promising Practices: Campus Alcohol Strategies Task Force Planner Guide, this study deployed a case study approach to determine what University System of Georgia institutions are doing in regards to alcohol education, prevention, and intervention. The result of the case study reveals how Kennesaw State University compares to other University System of Georgia institutions. It also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of alcohol education, prevention, and intervention at Kennesaw State University. The analysis provides recommendations on how Kennesaw State University can improve its alcohol education, prevention, and intervention strategies are made.