What is the National College Health Assessment?

If you’ve read our blog before, you may have noticed we often cite data from the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey. We conduct this survey every year in partnership with the American College Health Association.

The NCHA survey helps us identify health concerns and issues that Cougs have. When we know what Cougs might be struggling with, we’re able to provide educational information and programs to help.

In 2016, a total of 3,168 WSU students from all different backgrounds completed the survey.

Physical, mental, and emotional health have a big impact on students’ academic performance. 2016 NCHA survey results showed that some common health concerns affect Cougs’ academic success:

  • Stress: 32.1 percent of students say stress significantly affects their academic performance.
  • Sleep: 24.8 percent of students say sleep difficulties impact their academic performance.
  • Anxiety: 22.5 percent of students say anxiety negatively affects their academic performance.

In response to these concerns, we’ve established educational programs to help students. For example, we offer workshops on a wide variety of health topics like stress management and sleep.

We’ve also been training WSU faculty and staff on Mental Health First Aid. This program is designed to educate individuals on how to care for and respond to a student in a mental health crisis. And new this year is our Campus Connect suicide prevention program, which trains people how to notice and respond to warning signs and risk factors for suicide.

It’s our goal to make sure WSU students are thriving, and the NCHA survey gives us insight on how we can help.