Choose Responsibility

Choose Responsibility is a non-profit organization founded in 2007. Following a 2004 op-ed in the New York Times titled What Your College President Didn't Tell You” President Emeritus John M. McCardell Jr. of Middlebury College was approached by the Robertson Foundation, a foundation interested in investigating the consequences of the 21 year-old drinking age. The Effects of the 21 Year-Old Drinking Age: A White Paper was completed in September 2006 after more than a year of writing and research by McCardell and a team of assistants. Upon the report’s positive review, McCardell received additional funds to start Choose Responsibility.