Assessment and Reporting

Student Health & Wellness unit Annual Report

This report covers the work of our four departments; Recreation Services, Student Wellness, Student Counseling Services, and Thielen Student Health Center. Student health and wellness are inextricably linked to academic success, retention, and persistence to graduation as evidenced by the highlights in this report.

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

The American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA) is a nationally recognized research survey that assists universities in collecting precise data about students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions.   

Health and wellness are a vital part of the campus community at the Iowa State University. Student Wellness, along with other campus partners, is continuously looking for new ways to reach the student population with ever changing, important health and wellness information and services. Formalized and systematic assessment helps us examine the effectiveness of our health promotion, prevention and intervention efforts. Student Wellness administers the NCHA for students at ISU.

Students who are fulltime, undergraduate or graduate students between the ages of 18 and 30 are randomly selected as possible participants in this study. Participation is strictly voluntary. Those who agree to participate are informed that they are free to withdraw at any point throughout the duration of the experiment without penalty or loss of benefit.

ISU data is included in the American College Health Association yearly data report publication; however, disclosure of particular data is never linked back to the institution. ISU is able to make data comparisons from year to year between the current NCHA study and future NCHA studies for the purpose of monitoring changes in the health status and practices of our student body, making programmatic changes, and assessing preventative and treatment-related initiatives.

Past ISU data results are available in PDF format by clicking on the following link:


As we utilize our data to improve the campus culture of health and wellness for ISU students, it is also important that we benchmark and determine priority initiatives in alignment with the Healthy Campus 2020 Student Objectives.  

Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations – Alcohol/Other Drug Biennial Review Report

Biennial Review Report 2016-2018

If you have any questions about the content of this page, please contact Brian Vanderheyden, Director of Student Wellness, at (515) 294-1099, or