Florida Collegiate Success Initiative

About the Project

Under contract with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and funded by a two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) at the University of South Florida served as the coordinating center for the Florida Partnership for Collegiate Success Initiative (CSI: Florida). The CSI Project mobilized community partnerships to reduce past 30-day use of alcohol and binge drinking among underage (ages 18 to 20) college students on and off campus. CSI's four collaboratives consisted of four state universities: Florida State University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and University of South Florida as well as affiliated community/state colleges, each of which partnered with substance abuse prevention coalitions in their respective counties: Leon, Orange, Alachua, and Hillsborough. These four collaboratives developed and implemented environmental strategies to deter risky drinking practices among underage college students, using evidence-based practices. Administration of the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey, a required indicator for each collaborative, was administered to college students in 2012 and 2013 in the four counties. Data from the Core Survey resulted in two recent publications:

Hagman, B., Cohn, A., Schonfeld, L., Moore, K., and Barrett, B.T. (2014) Alcohol and illicit drug use correlates of college students who endorse a sub-threshold number of alcohol use disorder criteria: The new DSM-5 diagnostic orphan. American Journal on Addictions, 23, 378–385.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2014.12120.x

McBride, N., Barrett, B., Moore, K., and Schonfeld, L. (2014) The role of positive alcohol expectancies in underage binge drinking among college students. American Journal of College Health, 62(6), 370-379. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2014.907297

Principal Investigator

Lawrence Schonfeld, PhD


07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015