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Research is conducted in Student Health Services, as related to the clinical quality assurance process, the program review process, assessing student learning outcomes, and/or contributing to the advancement of college health practice. Surveys are administered periodically to students, in classroom settings, at point of service contacts, and on-line to assist in the assessment, implementation, and evaluation of program activities. In-house database information is analyzed periodically as part of clinical outcomes measurements and utilization review.

SRJC National College Health Assessment II Project – Spring 2013

The Student Health Services department has outlined an ongoing cycle of assessment for their Student Learning Outcomes that includes this major assessment project every three years. The National College Health Assessment II (NCHA II) Survey is a standardized instrument used in college health settings in the United States that measures health indicators, knowledge, behaviors and needs of college students. Health issues impact student success and retention, and SRJC’s Student Health Services programs are committed to maintaining program relevancy to address health and student success issues, with effective assessment and interventions. During spring 2013, this will represent the third survey implementation (done 2007 and 2010), and will offer a clearer trend analysis, and highlight changes in student health needs, based on the specific shifts in the demographic diversity of our college’s student population over the last three years.

Student participants will be sampled through randomly selected credit classes on the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses in February and March, 2013. Students will be given the survey in a scantron, paper format, and students will be given approximately 40 minutes to complete the survey. Participation is voluntary, both for faculty of the class sections selected, and individual students in the classroom. It is completely anonymous, and SHS staff will be present during the survey administration to facilitate the process, and to maintain complete confidentiality of the survey responses.

The questions on the NCHA II are broad in scope, and include:

  • Student Demographics
  • Preventive Health Practices
  • Health and Life Issues Impacting Academic Performance
  • Violence
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use (ATOD)
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Nutrition and Exercise
  • Mental Health

In addition to obtaining this critical information for SHS program planning purposes, SRJC will participate in a statewide consortium of CCCs that also are administering the NCHA survey during Spring 2013. Facilitated by the Health Services Association of California Community Colleges (HSACCC), it is expected the Spring 2013 Consortium may result in over 20,000 students surveyed, the largest study of community college students in the nation, and will articulate clearly the health issues and needs of CCC students on a statewide basis, informing policy and advocacy activities.

SRJC National College Health Assessment II Survey Data – Spring 2010

Student Health Service staff administered the NCHA II Survey in 49 randomly selected credit classes on the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses in February, 2010. 1090 students were surveyed. A link to the Executive Summary is provided below. The HSACCC-NCHA Consortium in Spring 2010 obtained a sample of over 11,000 CCC students, and was instrumental in designing the statewide Mental Health Services Act funding in the CCC system, that was released in 2012. Several national research projects were accomplished utilizing the HSACCC Consortium database, including studies on depression, substance abuse, reproductive health and tobacco use.

SRJC National College Health Assessment Survey Data – Spring 2007

The original NCHA Survey was administered to 1048 students in the Spring of 2007, reached in 61 classrooms. A link to the Executive Summary is provided below. This instrument is slightly different than the NCHA II Survey begun in 2010, with over 90% of the questions in common with the newer version, which included many more questions on mental health issues. The first HSACCC- NCHA Consortium, created in Spring 2007, included almost 7000 CCC students.

Links

NCHA-II Spring 2013 SRJC Executive Summary Report (PDF: 113 KB)

NCHA-II Spring 2010 SRJC Executive Summary Report (PDF: 115 KB)

Executive Summary Report Spring 2007 (PDF: 44 KB)

PDA Day Spring 2010 (PDF: 2.3MB)

Selected Findings on the Mental Health Needs of SRJC students (PDF: 115KB)

 

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For additional information or questions, please contact Susan Quinn at squinn@santarosa.edu.

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