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Covering 14 dimensions of wellness recognized by experts as integral to student well-being in higher education, this yearly tool provides campuses with essential data on their students’ well-being.

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Well-Being in a College Campus Setting

A Partnership with Aetna Student Health


The American College Health Foundation, with support from Aetna Student Health, has embarked on a multi-year project to explore well-being on college and university campuses. This project aims to examine the current state of the emerging field of well-being, including innovative approaches and strategies to promoting and measuring well-being across all campus constituencies, including faculty, students, and staff.

 

The Influence of Environmental Factors, Including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on the Emotional Well-Being of Students, Staff, and Faculty

September 2022

The American College Health Foundation is proud to announce the release of “The Influence of Environmental Factors, Including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on the Emotional Well-Being of Students, Staff, and Faculty,” a further analysis of data collected from the ACHF Emotional Well-Being Survey fielded in spring and fall 2021. This is the third paper in a series of research projects related to framing and measuring wellbeing among higher education students, staff, and faculty. An additional technical report discussing the survey tool is forthcoming. The ACHF Emotional Well-Being Survey is now available as an ACHA survey tool for purchase. For more information, contact Alex Phelan. Special thanks to Aetna Student Health for their financial support of this project.

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ACHF Emotional Well-Being Survey: Technical Report on Tool Development

August 2023

The American College Health Foundation (ACHF) is pleased to announce the publication of the "Technical Report on Tool Development" for the formerly released ACHF Emotional Well-Being Survey. This companion piece includes detailed information about the methods and scales used to create the Emotional Well-Being Survey tool which is intended to evaluate the emotional well-being of all campus community members (students, staff, and faculty). If you’re interested in fielding the ACHF Emotional Well-Being survey on your campus, please contact Christine Kukich for more information.

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Measuring Well-Being in a College Campus Setting

August 2021

ACHF is proud to announce the release of "Measuring Well-Being in a College Campus Setting," a white paper created with support from Aetna Student Health. This paper describes the process of creating the new ACHF Emotional Well-Being Survey tool as well as some preliminary findings from a pilot run of the survey that took place in the 2021 spring semester. A second administration of the survey will take place this fall semester.

If your campus is interested in administering this survey to staff, students, and faculty, please contact Christine Kukich for pricing and availability.

A report of the findings can be found here.

Webinar: Measuring Emotional Well-Being: Taking a Whole-Campus Approach 

Recorded May 12, 2021

View slides here.

Framing Well-Being in a College Campus Setting

December 2019

The American College Health Foundation, with generous sponsorship from Aetna Student Health, has published a white paper entitled "Framing Well-Being in a College Campus Setting." The purpose of this project was to examine the state of the field of well-being at a diverse sample of institutions of higher education. Looking at well-being initiatives through the lens of both student and employee stakeholders, the researchers reveal new trends in creating cultures of care on campus. This paper presents major themes, lessons learned, and questions for the future of well-being and is appropriate for campuses looking to explore the transition from a health and wellness paradigm to a more holistic approach to campus well-being. 

Download a free copy of the whitepaper [pdf].

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