Two Upcoming Student Surveys
In order to learn more about the struggles and successes of FAU students and what FAU can do to help, two surveys will go out to students this spring: Healthy Minds Study (HMS) and National College Health Assessment (NCHA).
For the first time, FAU will participate in the Healthy Minds Study. The Healthy Minds Study (HMS) is an annual web-based survey on mental health that has been conducted at about 300 colleges and universities with over 300,000 undergraduate, graduate, and online students. A link to the confidential survey will be sent out to all FAU students in a series of emails from President John Kelly. The survey will be open for FAU student completion from January 27 through February 16, 2020.
HMS first launched nationally in 2007. It is run by a first-class research team out of University of Michigan. HMS is designed to provide data on the most effective ways for universities and colleges to invest in mental health resources and programs for their students. HMS is one of the only annual higher education surveys that focuses exclusively on mental health and related issues. HMS examines service utilization and help-seeking behavior, including factors such as stigma, knowledge, and the role of peers. FAU will receive de-identified data and HMS results will allow FAU to learn more about the mental health and wellness needs of FAU students, how mental health issues interfere with academic performance, and what additional programs and services are needed at FAU.
FAU will again take part in the National College Health Assessment (NCHA). The ACHA-National College Health Assessment III (ACHA-NCHA III) is a national research survey organized by the American College Health Association (ACHA) to assist college health service providers, health educators, counselors, and administrators in collecting data about their students' habits, behaviors, and perceptions on the most prevalent health topics.
FAU has conducted this survey every other year since 2012. Most recently, in 2017, FAU students reported on the NCHA II that their top five impediments to academic achievement were: stress, work, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and depression.
Coming up in 2020, this voluntary and confidential survey will go out to a random sample of 10,000 FAU students to assess a wide range of health-related topics, such as alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, sexual health, weight, nutrition, exercise, sleep, mental health, personal safety, and violence. Selected students will receive this survey via email from the American College Health Association and can complete it between February 17 and March 6, 2020.