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federal register

Tuesday
June 9, 1998

Part II

Department of
Education
Safe and Drug-Free Schools and
Communities National Programs—Grants
to Institutions of Higher Education
(Validation Competition); Notice

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION You must include the term ‘‘Alcohol, (summative) performance indicators in
Other Drug, Violence Prevention for addition to process (formative)
Safe and Drug-Free Schools and IHEs’’ in the subject line of your measures, that document strategies used
Communities National Programs— electronic message. and measure the effectiveness of the
Grants to Institutions of Higher FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tina program or strategy in reducing student
Education (Validation Competition) McCrary, (202) 260–3954. Individuals drug use and violent behavior, and
AGENCY: Department of Education. who use a telecommunication device for utilize a reference group or comparison
the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal group at the grantee’s own or similar
ACTION:Notice of Proposed Priorities
Information Relay Service at 1–800– campus;
and Selection Criteria for Fiscal Year (7) Share information about their
1998. 877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through projects with Department of Education
SUMMARY: The Secretary announces Friday. Individuals with disabilities staff or their agents in order to assist
proposed priorities and selection may obtain this document in an grantees in the development of an
criteria for fiscal year (FY) 1998 under alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, evaluation strategy and to coordinate
the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and audiotape, or computer diskette) on cross project site comparisons;
Communities (SDFSC) National request to the contact person listed (8) Demonstrate ability to start the
Programs Grants to Institutions of above. project within 60 days after receiving
Higher Education (IHEs) Validation Federal funding in order to maximize
Note: This notice of proposed priorities
Competition. The Secretary takes this the time available to show impact or
does not solicit applications. A notice
action to focus Federal financial inviting applications under this competition prepare an article for pubilcation within
assistance on an identified national will be published in the Federal Register the grant period; and
need. The priorities are intended to concurrent with or following the publication (9) Provide statistics and information
increase knowledge about effective of the notice of final priorities. on crimes occurring on campus,
programs by validating and especially liquor law violations, drug
Priorities abuse violations, and weapons
disseminating model programs and
strategies to promote the safety of Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) and the possession; and, at the request of the
students attending IHEs by preventing Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Secretary, coordinate with any report
violent behavior and the illegal use of Communities Act of 1994, the Secretary being prepared under section
alcohol and other drugs by college gives an absolute preference to 204(a)(4)(B) of the Student Right-to-
students. applications that meet one or all of the Know and Campus Security Act on
INVITATION TO COMMENT: Interested following priorities. The Secretary funds policies, procedures and practices
persons are invited to submit comments under this competition only which have proven effective in the
and recommendations regarding these applications that meet one or all of these reduction of campus crime.
proposed priorities. All comments absolute priorities:
Absolute Priority 2
submitted in response to this notice will Absolute Priority 1
be available for public inspection, Assess the impact of an existing or
during and after the comment period, in Correcting misperceptions of student new consortium (such as coalitions and
Room 604, Portals Buildings, 1250 alcohol and other drug use among a other partnerships at the community,
Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, large or influential subpopulation of State, or regional levels) on limiting
DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and students attending institutions of higher illegal alcohol and other drug use, and
4:00 p.m., Eastern time, Monday education. preventing intoxication and violence.
Applicants must:
through Friday of each week except Applicants must:
(1) Identify one large or influential
Federal holidays. (1) Establish a new, or expand an
student subpopulation (e.g. student
On request the Department supplies
athletes, members of fraternities and existing consortium at the community,
an appropriate aid, such as a reader or
sororities) who will receive the State, or regional level by working
print magnifier, to an individual with a
intervention; together in partnership with key
disability that needs assistance to
(2) Justify the selection of the stakeholders to share information and to
review the comments. An individual
subpopulation, and design the impact campus and public policy;
with a disability who wants to schedule (2) Demonstrate evidence of
intervention, based on an assessment of
an appointment for this type of aid may commitment of consortium members
objective data (such as needs
call (202) 205–8113 or (202) 260–9895. and explain how the IHE will create or
assessments, student use surveys,
An individual who uses a TDD may call sustain opportunities for members to
assessment of students’ dispositions
the Federal Information Relay Service meet and work together on a regular
toward drug use);
(FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339, between 8 (3) Propose activities designed to basis;
a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern time, Monday correct misperceptions of this (3) Describe proposed consortium
through Friday. subpopulation about levels of student activities and justify how such activities
DATES: Comments must be received by campus alcohol and drug use, student will bring about improvements in drug
the Department on or before July 9, alcohol and drug use norms, and the prevention programs and policies
1998. consequences of student alcohol and affecting AOD use decisions, and
ADDRESSES: All comments concerning drug use; violence on campus;
these proposed priorities should be (4) Use a campus and community (4) Provide criteria for membership,
addressed to Tina McCrary, U.S. coalition to plan and implement the and how any potential expansion of
Department of Education, 600 project; membership would be carried out if
Independence Avenue, Portals (5) Develop measurable goals and additional individuals or organizations
Building—Room 604, Washington, DC objectives linked to the identified needs; seek to join the consortium;
20202–6123. Comments may also be (6) Use a qualified evaluator to (5) Develop measurable goals and
sent through the Internet: implement a rigorous evaluation of the objectives for consortia linked to
comments@ed.gov. project using outcomes-based identified needs;
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(6) Use prevention approaches that assessment of objective data (such as and advancement of theory, knowledge,
research or evaluation has shown to be needs assessments, student use surveys, and practices in the field of study. (5
effective in preventing or reducing assessment of student dispositions points)
violent behavior or the illegal use of toward drug use, statistics and (B) The potential replicability of the
alcohol and other drugs; information on crimes occurring on proposed project or strategies,
(7) Use a qualified evaluator to design campus(es); (b) document how the including, as appropriate, the potential
and implement a rigorous evaluation of theory/approach can be applied for implementation in a variety of
the project using outcomes-based effectively to change the campus and/or settings. (5 points)
(summative) performance indicators in community; (c) explain how the theory/ (3) Quality of the project design. (20
addition to process (formative) measures approach will advance prevention points)
that documents strategies used and thinking and activities; (d) discuss the (i) The Secretary considers the quality
measures the effectiveness of the type of institution(s) and student of the design of the proposed project.
consortium; demographics to which the theory (ii) In determining the quality of the
(8) Share information about their would be most replicable or adaptable; design of the proposed project, the
projects with Department of Education and (e) provide a timeline for the Secretary considers the following
staff or their agents in order to assist submission of the draft and final papers factors:
grantees in the development of an with appropriate attachments; (A) The extent to which the goals,
evaluation strategy and to coordinate (3) Provide a letter of support from the objectives, and outcomes to be achieved
cross project sites; applicant’s direct supervisor and by the proposed project are clearly
(9) Design a program based on demonstrate the ability to start the specified and measurable. (5 points)
assessment of objective data (such as project within 30 days after receiving (B) The extent to which there is a
needs assessments, student use surveys, Federal funding in order to maximize conceptual framework underlying the
assessments of students’ dispositions the time available to prepare an article proposed research or demonstration
toward drug use, environmental for publication within the grant period; activities and the quality of that
assessments); and framework. (10 points)
(10) Demonstrate the ability to start (4) At the request of the Secretary, (C) The extent to which the design of
the project within 60 days after coordinate with any report being the proposed project reflects up-to-date
receiving Federal funding in order to prepared under section 204(a)(4)(B) of knowledge from research and effective
maximize the time available to show the Student Right-to-Know and Campus practice. (5 points)
impact within the grant period; and Security Act on policies, procedures (4) Quality of the project personnel.
(11) At the request of the Secretary, and practices which have proven (10 points)
coordinate with any report being effective in the reduction of campus (i) The Secretary considers the quality
prepared under section 204(a)(4)(B) of crime. of the personnel who will carry out the
the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Selection Criteria for Absolute Priority proposed project.
Security Act on policies, procedures (ii) In determining the quality of
1 and Absolute Priority 2
and practices which have proven project personnel, the Secretary
effective in the reduction of campus (a)(1) The Secretary uses the following considers the following factors:
crime. selection criteria to evaluate (A) The extent to which the applicant
applications for new grants under this encourages applications for employment
Absolute Priority 3 competition. from persons who are members of
Disseminate knowledge of existing (2) The maximum score for all of groups that have traditionally been
model programs, new prevention these criteria is 100 points. under represented based on race, color,
theories, or new application of theories, (3) The maximum score for each national origin, gender, age, or
theoretical models, or conceptual criterion or factor under that criterion is disability. (2 points)
approaches (theories) to alcohol and indicated in parentheses. (B) The qualifications, including
other drug or violence prevention or (b) The criteria. relevant training and experience, of key
(1) Need for project. (10 points)
both. (i) The Secretary considers the need project personnel. (8 points)
for the proposed project. (5) Adequacy of resource. (10 points)
Applicants must:
(ii) In determining the need for the (i) The Secretary considers the
(1) If proposing to disseminate adequacy of resources for the proposed
proposed project, the Secretary
knowledge on an existing model project.
considers the following factors:
program, (a) document how the program (A) The magnitude or severity of the (ii) In determining the adequacy of
was proven effective by explaining the problem to be addressed by the resources for the proposed project, the
needs assessment, implementation, proposed project. (5 points) Secretary considers the following
evaluation, and outcomes of the (B) The extent to which specific gaps factors:
program; (b) document how the model or weaknesses in services, (A) The relevance and demonstrated
program effectively changed the campus infrastructure, or opportunities have commitment of each partner in the
and/or community; (c) explain how the been identified and will be addressed by proposed project to the implementation
model program advanced prevention the proposed project, including the and success of the project. (5 points)
thinking and activities; (d) discuss the nature and magnitude of those gaps or (B) The extent to which the costs are
type of institution(s) and student weaknesses. (5 points) reasonable in relation to the number of
demographics to which the model (2) Significance. (10 points) persons to be served and to the
program would be most replicable or (i) The Secretary considers the anticipated results and benefits. (5
adaptable; and (e) provide a timeline for significance of the proposed project. points)
the submission of the draft and final (ii) In determining the significance of (6) Quality of the management plan.
papers with appropriate attachments. the proposed project, the Secretary (15 points)
(2) If proposing a new theory or considers the following factors: (i) The Secretary considers the quality
approach, (a) provide evidence that the (A) The potential contribution of the of the management plan for the
theory/approach is based on an proposed project to the development proposed project.
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(ii) In determining the quality of the (i) The Secretary considers the the anticipated results and benefits. (10
management plan for the proposed significance of the proposed project. points)
project, the Secretary considers the (ii) In determining the significance of (6) Quality of the management plan.
following factors: the proposed project, the Secretary (15 points)
(A) The adequacy of the management considers the following factors:
plan to achieve the objectives of the (A) The potential contribution of the (i) The Secretary considers the quality
proposed project on time and within proposed project to the development of the management plan for the
budget, including clearly defined and advancement of theory, knowledge, proposed project.
responsibilities, timelines, and and practices in the field of study. (5 (ii) In determining the quality of the
milestones for accomplishing project points) management plan for the proposed
tasks. (5 points) (B) The extent to which the proposed project, the Secretary considers one or
(B) The adequacy of mechanisms for project involves the development or more of the following factors:
ensuring high-quality products and demonstration of promising new (A) The adequacy of the management
services from the proposed project. (5 strategies that build on, or are plan to achieve the objectives of the
points) alternatives to, existing strategies. (15 proposed project on time and within
(C) How the applicant will ensure that points) budget, including clearly defined
a diversity of perspectives are brought to (C) The potential replicability of the responsibilities, time lines, and
bear in the operation of the proposed proposed project or strategies, milestones for accomplishing project
project, including those of students, including, as appropriate, the potential tasks. (5 points)
faculty, parents, the business for implementation in a variety of
community, a variety of disciplinary settings. (5 points) (B) The adequacy of mechanisms for
and professional fields, recipients or (3) Quality of the project design. (20 ensuring high-quality products and
beneficiaries of services, or others, as points) services from the proposed project. (5
appropriate. (5 points) (i) The Secretary considers the quality points)
(7) Quality of the project evaluation. of the design of the proposed project. (C) How the applicant will ensure that
(25 points) (ii) In determining the quality of the a diversity of perspectives are brought to
(i) The Secretary considers the quality design of the proposed project, the bear in the operation of the proposed
of the evaluation to be conducted of the Secretary considers the following project, including those of students,
proposed project. factors: faculty, parents, the business
(ii) In determining the quality of the (A) The extent to which the goals, community, a variety of disciplinary
evaluation, the Secretary considers the objectives, and outcomes to be achieved and professional fields, recipients or
following factors: by the proposed project are clearly beneficiaries of services, or others, as
(A) The extent to which the methods specified and measurable. (5 points) appropriate. (5 points)
of evaluation are thorough, feasible, and (B) The extent to which there is a
appropriate to the goals, objectives and conceptual framework underlying the Electronic Access to This Document
outcomes of the proposed project. (10 proposed research or demonstration Anyone may view this document, as
points) activities and the quality of that well as all other Department of
(B) The extent to which the methods framework. (10 points) Education documents published in the
of evaluation will provide performance (C) The extent to which the design of
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feedback and permit periodic the proposed project reflects up-to-date
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Wide Web at either of the following
intended outcomes. (5 points) practice. (5 points)
sites:
(C) The extent to which the methods (4) Quality of the project personnel.
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for the proposed project. under represented based on race, color, on an electronic bulletin board of the
(ii) In determining the need for the national origin, gender, age, or Department. Telephone: (202) 219–1511
proposed project, the Secretary disability. (2 points) or, toll free, 1–800–222–4922. The
considers the following factors: (B) The qualifications, including documents are located under Option
(A) The magnitude or severity of the relevant training and experience, of key G—Files/Announcements, Bulletins and
problem to be addressed by the project personnel. (18 points) Press Releases.
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(B) The extent to which specific gaps (i) The Secretary considers the is the document published in the Federal
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infrastructure, or opportunities have project. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7132.
been identified and will be addressed by (ii) In determining the adequacy of (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
the proposed project, including the resources for the proposed project, the Number 84.184H Safe and Drug-Free Schools
nature and magnitude of those gaps or Secretary considers the extent to which and Communities Act National Programs—
weaknesses. (5 points) the costs are reasonable in relation to Grants to Institutions of Higher Education
(2) Significance. (25 points) the number of persons to be served and Program)
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Dated: June 4, 1998.


Gerald N. Tirozzi,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and
Secondary Education.
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