The New Landscape for Student Well-Being

This collaborative report, titled “The New Landscape for Student Well-Being: How Prioritizing Safety, Health, and Inclusion Improves Student Success,” provides unprecedented insights on the coronavirus outbreak having a dramatic psychological effect on college students, students experiencing some challenges to their mental health and well-being during the pandemic, and college and university leaders looking for new approaches to engage students and make their institutions more welcoming and safer.

Key Findings Reveal:

  • Three pillars critical to institutional success that all start with a culture prioritizing safety, well-being, and inclusion.
    • Academic Success
    • Enrollment and Retention
    • Career Readiness
  • Several important actions college leaders and governing boards should consider to promote wellness and social-emotional health in order to improve retention and graduation rates—and ultimately improve the student experience.
    • Make a financial commitment to safety, well-being, and inclusion.
    • Provide more than just programming around safety and well-being.
    • Demonstrate that inclusion is apolitical.
    • Continually stress the institutions commitment to wellness and prevention.

The full report can be accessed by filling out the form.


About the Author

Jeffrey Selingo has written about higher education for more than two decades. He is the author of four books on higher education; the latest, Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions (2020). He is co-host of the podcast, Future U., and editor of the higher education newsletter, Next. You can find out more about him at

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