Comprehensive Student Wellness Centers at Large Public Universities

Topics: Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs, Student Health Centers, Mental Health and Counseling

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As university administrators increasingly take a holistic approach to student wellness, the development of a wellness center can make previously isolated health, counseling, and recreation programs more integrated and accessible. This report examines the coordination of services at student wellness centers. It addresses wellness center services, budgets, administration, and development.

  • Key observations from our research:

    1. Profiled wellness centers offer both physical and mental health services.

    2. Administrators dedicate wellness center space within the recreation center so both units can share fitness facilities.

    3. Wellness center directors employ graduate assistants, organize peer health advisor groups, and share staff with other campus units to reduce costs.

    4. Administrators fund wellness center services through student fees and department-generated income.

    5. Administrators conduct campus-wide student surveys and program-specific evaluations to assess wellness center services.