Archive for Monday, November 29, 2010

94 percent of KU students complete AlcoholEdu course

November 29, 2010


Even with a number of prompts, it can be difficult to motivate some college students to do anything — including taking a required alcohol course.

The AlcoholEdu class is required of all incoming degree-seeking students to the university under age 22. The class provides information, asks questions of students and displays resources for students who may need further help.

As of Friday, 259 of the 4,375 students required to take the course had yet to complete it — a 94 percent completion rate. Those that don’t comply are stuck with a hold on their enrollment, which happened to 905 students this year.

Though students receive four e-mail reminders before the hold is enforced, it remains difficult to ensure that everyone completes the task on time, said Carol Seager, KU’s director of health services.

The university took some other steps, too. That included shortening the initial window during which students are supposed to take the course from four weeks to two, she said. That helped. As of Nov. 3, KU had 477 students still needing to take the course, compared with 788 during that same time last year.

Seager said it’s too early to tell if the course is having its desired effect; the university has committed to offering it for four years, and this is only its second. The course collects information from students, but it remains confidential — the university only gets aggregate data, Seager said.

“It was good and bad,” said Caroline Olson, a sophomore from Wichita who took the course last year.

She said she did learn a few things, like how much beer, wine and hard liquor constitutes one drink. But the course also harped on “redundant” ideas that she had heard in the past, she said.

“I don’t drink, so it’s frustrating for me when I have to go through all these classes,” Olson said.


sad_lawrencian 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm glad my college didn't have a policy like this when I was a student. It's telling when a university has a mandatory alcohol-education course. What's more telling is that they force the students to take it. I understand the university has had some alcohol-related deaths. But forcing every student, up to the age of 22, to take this course is unfair. Never mind that students age 21 can drink legally. Ultimately, every student 18 and older is a legal adult, and a mandatory course related to the evils of alcohol isn't going to change anything. Most college students are adults and it is not the university's place to tell them how to live their lives, regulate their behavior outside of the classroom, or try to encourage them to do something with their lives besides drinking and partying. If the University of Kansas was more oriented on academics and not pointless drivel like this, the University might actually have something to show for itself instead of unfortunate headlines like some of the ones we saw last year.

It turns my stomach that football players aren't allowed to date, and now this. If students wanted this kind of experience they would have joined the seminary.

Tom McCune 7 years, 6 months ago

This is just the university trying to cover its backside from a liability point of view.

gsxr600 7 years, 6 months ago

brb getting hammered and taking the test

Matt Torres 7 years, 6 months ago

Sorry, but I have to be pendantic about the headline...

I think "KU AlcoholEdu course has 94% completion" or something would have been better. As it is it almost makes it sound like 94% of the 20+ thousand students at KU took it.

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