Incoming Western Michigan Universityfreshman Brandon Weber spent at least six hours this summer taking three mandatory online quizzes about alcohol use, managing his finances and about the university.
WMU for the first time is imposing the requirement for the approximately 3,100 incoming freshman students. The quizzes are to be taken online by students before they move to campus at the end of August.
“You can take breaks, so it’s not too bad,” said Brandon Weber, an 18-year-old who will be moving to WMU from Macomb this month. “Some of the quizzes are helpful. Some of the stuff I had a hard time getting into, but it opened my perspective to college and how overwhelming it may be.”
The university has always provided freshmen with new-to-college information about finances, student safety and how to be a better student, but never before in this mandatory format, said Toni Woolfork-Barnes, the WMU director of first-year experience programs.