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Healthy Academics Instructional Toolkit

Postsecondary institutions have the potential to facilitate knowledge acquisition and social connection (Schroeder & West, 2019), which both influence and are influenced by students’ mental health and well-being (Harward, 2016). The learning environment is a crucial setting for creating an equitably healthy campus that fosters well-being through classroom culture, course design, pedagogical practices, and instructor knowledge and skill (Dhaliwal & Stanton, 2013). 

Driven by UWMadison student health and well-being indicators, this Healthy Academics Instructional Toolkit offers evidence-based strategies and campus resources for faculty and instructors across campus. For more information, contact Dr. Claire Barrett,

About the Healthy Academic Settings Initiative

Positive well-being is a key predictor for student educational success and student health issues–including mental health needs, campus climate impacts, high-risk alcohol use, suicidal ideation, sexual assault, and past trauma. The issues have significant impacts on student learning, academic progress, and educational attainment.

The goal of the Healthy Academic Settings Initiative is to equip academic personnel with the knowledge, skills and resources to create environments in which students can thrive. The Toolkit is a project of University Health Services Prevention & Campus Health Initiatives, which stewards health and well-being initiatives at UWMadison by convening stakeholders, building consensus, enabling collaboration and resource sharing in order to influence policies, systems, practices and environments that promote student well-being.

For more information on the data sources and demographic indicators, visit “About the Data Visualization“.



Dhaliwal, R. & Stanton, A. (2013). SFU Health Promotion. Creating conditions for well-being in learning environments. Simon Fraser University. 
Harward, D. (2016). Well-being and higher education: A strategy for change and the realization of education’s greater purpose. Bringing Theory to Practice series. Washington, DC. 
Schroeder, M. & West, A. (2019). Student mental health and well-being: Supportive teaching and learning practices. Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. University of Calgary.