On Friday, November 1 all students taking a course this fall will receive an invitation to participate in the first-ever Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey!
The Canadian Campus Wellbeing Survey (CCWS) is a Canadian assessment tool that was specifically designed to help Canadian post-secondary institutions better support student health and well-being. The data we collect from this survey will help us better assess student health and well-being, identify priorities for intervention, and increase capacity to link research with policy and practice.
The CCWS was developed in response to a need for a shorter, cheaper, and more relevant Canadian alternative to the U.S.-based National College Health Assessment where there’s a stronger focus on mental health.
The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and covers nine core sections related to student health and well-being:
- Mental health assets
- Mental health deficits
- Student experience
- Health service utilization
- Physical health
- Academic achievement
- Substance use
- Sexual health behaviour
In the spring of 2018, the lead team researchers at UBC invited Langara to participate in an expert pan-Canadian panel of 12 post-secondary institutions across five provinces to identify institutional priorities and field indicators. Thanks to external funding that UBC received for the project, Langara is the only college in Canada to participate in the November 2019 pilot alongside UBC and the University of Toronto.
Should we move forward with administering the CCWS regularly, we will have the option of adding in modules that reflect our specific circumstances and needs.
You can read more about the survey research and development in BMC Public Health here.
We need your help!
We’re aiming for a 4-7% response rate (at least 650 students) to gauge the health and well-being needs of our students, in order to inform the future of Langara’s support services and resources.
We encourage you to set aside 20 minutes between November 1 and 30 for students to participate in class. Students will receive a unique ID and link in their preferred email account.
Here’s a sample message that you can post or share with your students in advance of November 1:
Please look out for an important survey invitation from email@example.com. The invitation contains a unique link to a short survey that will help the College better support your health and well-being. This survey will be available from November 1 – 30 and you can enter for a chance to win one of the following:
- A tuition voucher valued at $350
- $50 Starbucks gift card
- $50 Cineplex gift card
- $50 Chickpea gift card
- $25 MJG Restaurants gift card
- 20 x one-hour massage
Your assistance with supporting this important initiative is greatly appreciated!
Please direct any questions to Tanya Miller at local 5867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Initiatives Consultant