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ERIC Number: ED502341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 49
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 52
Report on Post-Secondary Institutions as Healthy Settings: The Pivotal Role of Student Services. Findings from a Study with College, Institute and University Students and Student Services Administrators in Canada
Patterson, Peggy; Kline, Theresa
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
The objective of this study was to provide an overview of the role that Student Services play in making post-secondary institutions healthy settings. It also identifies institutions' capacity issues related to the delivery of Student Services and provides recommendations for post-secondary institutions and stakeholders on how to address these issues in order to continue to provide and/or sustain a healthy setting for young adults to learn. The information collected identifies: (1) Most significant health challenges identified by both students and Student Services Administrators; (2) Services currently used by students to address health related issues; (3) Impact of health-related concerns on student leaning from student perspective; and (4) Impact of addressing or failing to address students' health-related issues. Recommendations are included from both students and Student Services Administrators about steps that could be taken by institutions to address student health concerns. Three forms of data were collected for this study and were analyzed and integrated into this report: (1) Student Focus Groups; (2) Telephone Surveys; and (3) Email Surveys. Study results are discussed and recommendations made on the basis of the literature in the field of Student Services in the U.S., and of the opportunities for linking student learning and student health. The report concludes by reiterating that Student Services Administrators can play a pivotal role in making the transition from a model of service focused primarily on the treatment of illness to a model focused on the promotion of a healthy campus community that supports student wellness and learning as well as outlining a community-based approach to promoting Student Health. The document includes thirteen appendices: (1) Participants Profile Results of Focus Groups with Young Adults in Colleges/Institutes and Universities; (2) Guidelines for Focus Groups on the Health and Learning Challenges of Young Adults; (3) Introduction of Email Survey for College/Institute and University Student Services Administrators; (4) Introduction of Telephone Survey with College/Institute and University Student Services Administrators; (5) Questions for Telephone Interviews with College/Institute and University Student Services Administrators; (6) Significant Health Challenges of Young Adults that Affect Academic Performance; (7) Changes in Health-Related Issues Presented by Students; (8) Help Available at Institutions to Assist Students with Health Challenges; (9) Impacts of Health Challenges on the Learning of Young Adults; (10) Overall Impact on Student Learning of Addressing or Failing to Address Health Concerns; (11) Measures Institutions Could Introduce to Address Challenges of Students and Enhance Their Learning Experience; (12) What Helps?; and (13) What Hinders? (Contains 4 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Identifiers - Location: Canada