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College brochures typically display images of happy, healthy students in diverse clusters of smiling faces. But that upbeat image does not reflect the reality for many young adults in higher education. Stress, anxiety, exhaustion, depression, and loneliness are all at record levels and continuing to rise each year. For university educators to remain effective given these trends, we must recognize the challenges that are affecting their academic performance. The purpose of these resources is to deepen educators' knowledge, strengthen their motivations and enrich their skills to support learners' well-being to benefit their personal and academic success. The resources can also be valuable for educators seeking to improve their own well-being.
The resources for educators that are available through the links below provide knowledge, insights, motivation and ideas for improving student success through support for their well-being.
What do we know about our students' well-being and mental health? Very likely, most of us know very little. It's also likely most of us do not know where or how to learn more. Enlightening ourselves about the reality of our students' social and emotional well-being can open our eyes to their needs and motivate us to do more as educators.
The resources at the link below provide data and findings from multiple sources that illuminate the types and intensity of well-being challenges that college students experience. Findings are available about college students nationwide as well as for Cal Poly students specifically.
What do we know about faculty's role in students' well-being and mental health? What do we know about their own well-being and mental health? Faculty who are better informed about the importance of learners' well-being, attuned to indicators when they may be struggling, and know how to infuse their instruction with support for well-being can be important contributors to a campus culture of caring. In the process, faculty will have the opportunity to apply their growing knowledge to their own well-being and increase their resilience through the stresses of academic life.
These resources provide findings and perspectives from multiple sources that illuminate the types and intensity of well-being challenges that university educators experience. Faculty who have been working through well-being challenges will understand that their journey is shared by many of their colleagues and that there are resources to support them.
This is a growing collection of instructional methods that educators can incorporate into their teaching to support learners' well-being as a way to support their academic success. Most are quick and easy to learn and to implement and can have real benefits for small investments of time.
Explore in depth a variety of topics around well-being and its relationship to learning on university campuses. This collection of reports, webinars, books and other significant resources from a variety of scholars will be updated regularly with new and newly discovered publications.
Allies (coming soon)
This is a community of educators who have committed to learning more and doing more for their students' well-being. They support each other in their ongoing growth as educators for well-being and can be a resource for campus colleagues interested in learning more. Those interested can contact Patrick O'Sullivan, CTLT director, to express interest as this group forms.