Who owns mental health services on campus?
Reported by Education Dive, a recent American Council on Education survey of more than 400 college presidents provides some interesting answers regarding their perceptions of higher ed progress on mental health issues and services.
92% of respondents believe their Dean of Students or Head of Student Affairs runs points on these issues. And only 35% believed they themselves were “very knowledgeable” about mental health issues.
The takeaway? There is a clear disconnect here. For institutions who have taken significant steps forward to prioritize mental health services, it is most often done so in a decentralized way. No sole owner, because everyone owns it. With mental health being so critical, both for the student’s well-being, along with their ability to stay on track with their academic career, we all need to take our wellbeing services more seriously.
May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.
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