The National College Health Assessment II (NCHA II) is a national research effort organized by the American College Health Association (ACHA). At WCU in Fall 2013, we surveyed a randomized sample of students to ask them about various health and wellness topics. Below are the executive summaries from that survey.
We also asked students to "Tell Us How You Roll in 2010". This survey collected data related to student behaviors and perceptions about several health and wellness topics:
- General Health
- Disease & Injury Prevention
- Academic Impacts
- Violence, Abusive Relationships & Personal Safety
- Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Use
- Sexual Behavior
- Nutrition & Exercise
- Mental Health
With information specific to Western Carolina, university staff are able to design and evaluate programs and services with our particular students in mind.
For example, in 2007, the NCHA survey results indicated that 18% of female and male WCU students report being in an emotionally abuse relationship within the past 12 months. This information guided the decision to implement the Red Flag Campaign on campus as part of the multi-component Red Zone Awareness Campaign.
All non-distance education students over the age of 18 received an email from the ACHA to participate in the survey online from September 20th through October 13th, 2010. We have received the results of the survey and are preparing information to share with campus this fall in the form of a brochure with general survey results as well as a more comprehensive report and class presentations. The data is also available for research. If you are interested in doing research or for a class project, please contact us for more information.
Please note the ACHA-NCHA II is not appropriate for trend comparison of items from the original ACHA-NCHA survey. A new baseline for ACHA-NCHA II began in the fall of 2008. Directly comparing pre- and post-redesign estimates on similar data points, without taking into account the impact of the survey's redesign, might lead to an erroneous conclusion. Documentation regarding the results of the pilot study and differences between the instruments can be obtained at the ACHA-NCHA website - www.acha-ncha.org.