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Feb. 24, 2009

UI wins award for implementation of alcohol prevention course

The University of Iowa has received the 2008-09 Prevention Excellence Award, given to 10 higher education institutions for their efforts to implement and promote an online alcohol prevention course.

The Prevention Excellence Awards program is sponsored by Outside The Classroom, Inc., and the developer of the AlcoholEdu online prevention program used at the UI and on more than 800 college campuses around the country. The award recognizes institutions and organizations that have excelled in their overall prevention efforts and have significantly influenced the quality of student life.

AlcoholEdu is an online, science-based alcohol education and prevention program focusing on the impact of alcohol on the mind and body.

Since 2006, all UI incoming freshmen have been required to take the course, which requires approximately three hours to complete. It is divided into two sections, one completed before classes begin and the remaining portion completed while on campus.

"AlcoholEdu helps students make healthy decisions for themselves and how to better handle peers' drinking behavior," said Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services and dean of students. "I'm proud of the recognition our team has received and they are committed to continuing to help our students stay healthy and safe."

Angie Reams, substance abuse prevention coordinator at Health Iowa/Student Health Service cited the following statistics about UI students and AlcoholEdu:

--The UI had a 93 percent completion rate.
--A 45 percent increase was reported in knowledge gains from pre-test to exam, specifically related to the area of physiological effects of alcohol.
--Also, 93 percent of students stated that AlcoholEdu prepared them to help identify when someone had consumed too much alcohol.
--And 89 percent of students reported that as a result of taking AlcoholEdu their current understanding of blood alcohol content will change the way they consume alcohol.

The Prevention Excellence Awards were chosen from applications submitted from schools using AlcoholEdu. Applications were evaluated by previous award recipients and experts in the prevention field who based their decisions on five criteria: implementation practices, communication, evaluation, programmatic linkages, and organizational linkages.

The awards will be presented at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Joint Meeting in early March. This will be the third year the UI has received the award, Reams added.

OTHER INFORMATION: for the AlcoholEdu program and for the UI program.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Angela Reams, Health Iowa/Student Health Service, 319-335-8386,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,