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Curriculum Infusion

Curriculum infusion is a way for faculty to help educate students about the risks associated with high-risk drinking choices by incorporating information and issues related to alcohol use into their classes.

 This can be accomplished by adding a "Fit-It-In" module when creating the syllabus, inserting special activities at various times during the semester and/or using the activities for out-of-classroom assignments when faculty are not able to teach their class and do not want to cancel.

Curriculum infusion benefits students by:

  • Increasing students' knowledge of alcohol and related issues from various discipline areas
  • Assisting students in making informed decisions on substance abuse through the presentation of scholarly activities
  • Allowing students to become actively involved in learning information regarding alcohol and related issues
  • Assisting in the role of change agent in collaboration with the existing efforts of the campus community with regard to alcohol and related issues

Faculty benefit by:

  • Increasing knowledge of alcohol and related issues
  • Increasing knowledge of alcohol prevention concepts and application
  • Increasing creativity of instructional design with suggestions for activities on alcohol and related issues
  • Gaining a vehicle for evaluating behavior by incorporating a pre/post-test through exams
  • Contributing to the campus community's efforts in combating alcohol problems

Colleges and Universities with Curriculum Infusion

A number of colleges and universities throughout the United States have curriculum infusion programs through which they educate students about high-risk drinking and other issues associated with alcohol.

  • Baldwin-Wallace College
  • College of William and Mary
  • Colorado State University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Illinois State University
  • San Antonio College
  • Shenandoah University
  • Temple University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Valdosta State College
  • Virginia Wesleyan College

Curriculum Infusion is co-sponsored by the chemical health coordinator and Recreation and Wellness' UR Well Program. For more information on this topic, contact the chemical health coordinator at (804) 289-8835. For other wellness-related topics contact the URWell Program at (804) 289-8464 or (804) 287-6464.