Title: Student affairs update
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Title: Student affairs update
Series Title: Student affairs update
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Divison of Student Affairs, University of Florida
Publisher: University of Florida Division of Student Affairs
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: January 2007
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Bibliographic ID: UF00087097
Volume ID: VID00006
Source Institution: University of Florida
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Division of Student Affairs
EDUCATING LEADERS FOR A GLOBAL COMMUNITY


UNIVERSITY of
UFIFLORIDA


Division of Student Affairs
155 Tigert Hall
PO Box 113250
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-3250
www.ufsa.ufl.edu/ovp





"When I heard that this online alcohol
course was required for spring
registration, I really thought it would
just be something that I would have
to do and wouldn't really get anything
from it. It turned out that I learned a
lot of useful things about students
and alcohol use."
New Student
First Year Florida Class


Contact information for this publication:
Dean of Students Office
202 Peabody Hall
PO Box 114075
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-4075
www.dso.ufl. edu


*This publication is available in
alternative print format upon request.


Student Affairs Update

NEW STUDENT ALCOHOL EDUCATION

spring 2005, a coalition of community members including UF
students, faculty and staff convened to address underage drinking
and abusive alcohol consumption within Gainesville and Alachua
County. The Coalition's efforts targeted three areas: (1) enforcement, (2)
access and marketing, and (3) culture and environment.

One of the culture and environment objectives focused on providing
students with comprehensive alcohol education and information. The
Coalition considered different approaches and sought out effective and
innovative ways to provide alcohol education and training. Research
and best practices indicated that online alcohol education programs were
effective intervention techniques for college binge drinkers if held within
the first six weeks of the fall semester and required as a condition of
continued enrollment.

Based on this information, the New Student Alcohol Education Program
was launched Fall 2006. The Division of Student Affairs through the
Dean of Students Office coordinated the program. All new students (first
year and transfer students 8,491 students) were required to complete
the online alcohol education program -- myStudentBody.com- Alcohol
-- prior to registering for Spring 2007. By design, students completed the
educational program shortly after they arrived on campus so that they
had an accurate perception of the college social experience but prior to
forming social habits and behaviors.

Online Program

By November 10, 2006, the date on which most first year students were
able to begin to register for
spring semester classes, 94% Quality of online program information
of new students had completed 3
the program. Overall student 3.
response to the program was 250,
very positive with 78% of the
students rating the quality of the
information provided as high. The 150
online program included a pre- 1000
knowledge quiz, an opportunity to 5oo
rate personal drinking behavior, o, -.-.-. .





Extent program causes attention to
personal drinking behavior
a series of articles and informational segments that
Not at All form the course content, a post-knowledge quiz,
Substantially 14% and a feedback survey. To obtain a certificate of
48%
completion, students needed to score 80% or higher
on the post-knowledge quiz. The only student-
specific information reported to UF was student
names, student ID numbers, start and completion
dates, and certificate status. All other individual
student responses were confidential and served as
guidelines for students to view how their drinking
behaviors compare to other college students.
Aggregate information on student responses and
Somewhat feedback were provided to UF for assessment
38%
purposes.

Extent program influences Sixty-three percent of the students indicated that
personal drinking behavior the program significantly expanded their knowledge
of alcohol issues. When students were asked if
Not at All the information provided would cause them to pay
Substantially 22%
35% more attention to their drinking, 86% of the students
indicated it would. More importantly, 78% of the
students indicated the information provided by the
course would influence their drinking behavior, and
35% indicated it would substantially affect their
behavior.

Given the positive outcomes associated with the
program, the Division of Student Affairs and the
Dean of Students Office will continue the New
Somewhat
4 3% Student Alcohol Education Program for future
incoming classes.




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