An Evaluation of College Online Alcohol-Policy Information

About the Course:

To receive federal funds, colleges and universities are required to provide information to students about their alcohol policies as part of their alcohol-abuse prevention efforts. This study investigated whether and how the availability and completeness of alcohol-policy information on college Web sites changed between 2002 and 2007. The Web sites of the top 52 national universities listed in the 2002 rankings of U.S. News and World Report, which were reviewed for alcohol-policy information in 2002, were reviewed again in 2007 using the same Web search methodology.

Journal/Publisher:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publication Date:

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Supplement No. 16, July 2009

Author

Vivian B. Faden, Ph.D., Kristin Corey, and Marcy Baskin, B.A.

About the Author:

The authors are with the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Bethesda, Maryland.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about college online alcohol-policy information. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the rationale for posting alcohol policy information on college websites and the results of previous studies of the sites of top colleges and universities.

  2. Describe the method employed by researchers examining college and university websites for the presence of alcohol policy information.

  3. Discuss study results, including changes in the four categories of policy information examined.

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