Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

David Van Heemst

Second Advisor

Sue E. Rattin

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


The problem of drug use exists at most life stages. In particular, the problem of drug use exists in school settings. In a collegiate setting, students are independent from guardians for the first time and subjected to random drug testing (RDT). The difficulty in testing in a collegiate setting is finding ways to test the effectiveness of RDT. This study examined the effectiveness of an RDT program at a small Midwest university. Reports of drug use and attitudes were recorded before a RDT program was initiated and two years after. The results showed the RDT program was ineffective at preventing drug use. Slight increases in drug use and attitude were documented after the initiation of RDT.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.