Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College: Online Lessons-Faculty Page

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As part of the effort to improve college students’ success and completion, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has published free online lessons that will help students prevent unplanned pregnancy. College faculty and instructors can use the lessons in First Year Experience, college success, and other courses.

Please take a moment to tell us that you’re using these free lessons. You will automatically be registered to receive alerts when there have been updates to the lessons, and you will also have the option to receive other helpful Campaign resources.

Helping students prevent pregnancy is an important, but often overlooked, part of the completion agenda. In fact, 61% of women who have children after enrolling in commu­nity college fail to finish their degree, which is 65% higher than the rate for those who didn’t have children.

You may think, “By the time they arrive at college, students already know everything about how to prevent pregnancy.” However, research shows that myths, misinformation, and magical thinking are all too common among young adults when it comes to preventing unplanned pregnancy.

The three lessons in Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College can help students address these information gaps and take action to prevent unplanned pregnancy. The lessons are designed to help students understand the impact of unplanned pregnancy on their educational goals, their social lives, their significant relationships, and their finances. Students learn about various birth control methods; select the most appropriate method(s) for their values, lifestyles, and relationships; and create an action plan to decrease their chances of unplanned pregnancy.

These lessons have been evaluated and the results showed that, after completing them, students were significantly more likely to believe that a pregnancy would make it more difficult to complete their educational goals, knowledgeable about birth control, have a clear plan for preventing unplanned pregnancy after taking the online lessons, and more.  For the full results of the evaluation, download the report here.

How to Use the Lessons 
By offering the lessons, instructors can provide students with valuable information, without needing to become experts on these topics themselves or using class time. Each of the three lessons may be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

Send students directly to to complete the online lessons.

The lessons include a Student Guide, Study Guides for each lesson to help focus their attention on the relevant points, and an Action Plan to help them get organized and to follow through on their plans to prevent unplanned pregnancy.


  • Faculty Guide―The Faculty Guide details the contents of the lessons, offers suggestions and other ideas for how to incorporate these lessons into your course, and more.
  • Quizzes to upload to your learning management system—The easiest way to grade students is to load the quizzes into your gradebook and instruct students to complete the quizzes through the college’s LMS. Please see below under Supporting Materials for the zip files as well as instructions for how to upload to your LMS.
  • Quiz questions with answer key―If you prefer to provide students with a hard copy of the quizzes or upload the quizzes to your LMS manually, a Word document of the completed quizzes with correct answers is available. To request it, contact Chelsey Connolly at


The three lessons in Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy and Completing College were designed and authored by Bobbi Dubins, instructional designer and First Year Experience faculty at Allegany College of Maryland, and Virginia Kirk, Professor Emeritus and former Director of Distance Learning at Howard Community College (MD).

The online lessons were published by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in August 2012 and were updated in August 2014.

Publication date: August 2014

Author(s): Bobbi Dubins and Virginia Kirk