Students may be required to take another test when entering
college and it may be one they were never expecting.
Freshman students at the University of Colorado-Boulder were
required for the first time this year to take an online alcohol
education course before fall classes began. The AlcoholEdu course
takes three hours and is administered by a private company.
Incoming CU students must earn at least an 80 percent test grade
at the end of the course to successfully complete the program.
Students can take the test as many times as they need to in order
to pass, but will not be allowed to register for spring courses
until they do so.
The course is supposed to educate people about alcohol and
students can take the test online wherever they want according to
Nicoll Doramus, staff member at A Matter of Degree, an alcohol
education program at CU.
“The program just started this year,” Doramus said. “The test
can be retaken as many times as necessary, but most people pass the
Outside the Classroom, the Boston-based parent company of
AlcoholEdu, claims that AlcoholEdu is the leading online prevention
tool in the nation and is used at over 350 colleges and high
schools across the country. The company also claims that the course
engages students with a highly personalized experience that
produces strategic learning gains, changes perceptions, motivates
behavior change and supports healthier decisions.
Brad Bohlander, CSU spokesman and member of the Alcohol Task
Force at CSU, said CSU is gathering information about the program
and other similar programs.
“In general, this idea, along with many others, will be reviewed
and recommendations will be made,” Bohlander said. “We are still
gathering information. We are looking at what other people are
doing and looking at what is working.”
Students’ responses are confidential and officials at CU receive
only statistical results about the incoming freshmen as a
Nationwide, the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority started using the
AlcoholEdu program in the fall of 2002. That fall, all members had
to complete the program. Now only new members of the sorority have
to complete the program.
“We are always looking for programming to benefit our members,”
said Kellie McClellan, educational district director for district
IX of Kappa Alpha Theta. “It’s not typical alcohol information you
get. It makes you think about how drinking effects the body and is
good for long-term alcohol awareness.”