Biennial Review Compliance Service

The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) Part 86 mandates that institutions of higher education receiving any form of federal financial assistance must adopt and implement alcohol and other drug (AOD) programs in accordance with their regulations, and must have written documentation of such action (i.e., a “biennial report”).

In brief, these mandates aim to ensure that campuses meet minimum standards for AOD programming, policies, and disciplinary procedures for staff and students. Campuses must also review the effectiveness of their prevention programming on a biennial basis, implement changes to improve upon their efforts, and ensure their sanctions are consistently enforced.

According to an April 2012 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Department of Education (ED) is paying more attention to Biennial Reports. A recent report by ED’s Office of the Inspector General found neither the Office of Postsecondary Education nor more recently the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) have sufficiently overseen or ensured compliance of Part 86 regulations, urging corrective action by the FSA.

Are you concerned that your institution may not be in compliance? Schedule a consultation with one of our staff.

Biennial Review Assessment

Our Biennial Review Compliance Service entails a comprehensive assessment of campus AOD prevention efforts, followed by a report detailing how these efforts can be improved over time. This service will ensure that your campus is compliant with Part 86, should your institution come under review of the Education Department.

Our in-house AOD prevention experts and researchers have developed a Biennial Review Compliance assessment to evaluate campus AOD efforts along several important dimensions.

The Biennial Review Compliance assessment is designed to measure:

  1. the rigor and effectiveness of AOD prevention programming
  2. the comprehensiveness and consistency of campus policies and sanctions
  3. the extent to which processes critical to success are employed, and
  4. the degree to which AOD prevention efforts have been institutionalized

A sampling of questions from items 1 and 4 above, followed by a brief assessment of campus efforts can be found online at Once campuses complete the Biennial Review Compliance inventory, an interview with campus personnel overseeing the AOD function delves more deeply into AOD-related activities and processes.

Action Plan

Following this analysis, campuses receive an Action Plan identifying areas of strategic priority for improvement. Each 10-20 page report contains:action plan

  • areas of weakness and strength in the campus prevention approach
  • priorities for the next 12 -24 months to improve outcomes and achieve success
  • a blinded comparison to benchmark performance against other institutions
  • a visual demonstration of campus performance and progress over time

Each successive assessment is followed by a report with further recommendations for improvement over the next 12-24 months.

Our Staff

The Biennial Review Service is supported by our staff of nationally recognized experts, researchers, and leaders in campus AOD prevention. The service does not include assistance in executing the Action Plan’s recommendations. This technical assistance is currently reserved for members of the EverFi Coalition.   

Paving the Way for Real Success

While Part 86 provides a minimum standard for campuses to address concerns of AOD use, these requirements can pave the way for campuses to achieve much more. In fulfilling these regulations, some institutions have achieved true breakthrough progress, from the adoption of more targeted and effective programs, to the institutionalization of their prevention efforts. Our Biennial Review service ensures campuses meet not only the letter of these federal regulations, but are poised to achieve the much more significant progress that can be gained in their spirit.

To discuss the Biennial Review service, please contact Brandon Busteed at