Student Well-being Institutional Support Survey (SWISS)

Developed from an extensive review of the literature, the Student Well-being Institutional Support Survey (SWISS) is designed to capture student perceptions of how well their institutions support various aspects of their well-being. The SWISS does not measure individual student well-being, but rather, gives institutions actionable information at the campus level.

Why should institutions measure their support of student well-being?

Increased student well-being leads to positive outcomes for institutions. Research has shown that:

  • Students who sleep more (Kelly & Kelley, 2001) and who eat more nutritiously (Burrows, Whatnall, Patterson, & Hutchesson, 2017) have higher GPAs
  • Strong social wellbeing can help college students effectively manage their stress (Altaher & Runnerstrom, 2018)
  • Prevention and treatment of mental health issues leads to increased student retention and higher GPAs (Eisenberg, Golberstein, & Hunt, 2009)
  • Interacting with difference helps to promote learning and development (Fosnacht, Gonyea, & Graham, 2020)
  • Engagement in learning communities, study abroad, and undergraduate research is related to increased democratic awareness and participation (Howe & Fosnacht, 2017).

Enroll Your Institution in SWISS

SWISS administration enrollment takes place on a rolling basis. To enroll, complete the SWISS Registration Form at least three weeks before your desired survey start date. Once your registration fee has been paid, your enrollment will be confirmed. For more information on administration details, including materials your campus will need to submit to the Institute, please refer to the SWISS Administration Information document. In addition, the SWISS Participation Agreement is available for your review.

Institutions that enroll in SWISS receive access to responses in real time, via a secure online portal. Institutional representatives will be able to use this portal to filter results by student characteristics, download data visualizations for use on your campus, and download your data file. Access to aggregate data for comparison/benchmarking will also be available in the portal.

Fees

Administration of SWISS costs $2,500: a $500 registration fee and a $2,000 survey fee. You may pay these two fees separately or together using the Institute for Well-being’s secure online portal.

SWISS Materials

SWISS Aggregate Reports

Presentations and Publications

Yuhas, B. (2022). Institutional support for student well-being: How are we doing? NIRSA National Conference, Portland, OR.

Yuhas, B., Downing, J., Lohman, B., & Ross, F. E. (2022). The “secret sauce” for successful integrated health & well-being. Half-day pre-conference workshop. NIRSA National Conference, Portland, OR.

Yuhas, B. (2022). Institutional support for student well-being: How are we doing? NASPA National Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Yuhas, B., Downing, J. & Ross, F. E. (2022). First-year well-being: What do students need? Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Orlando, FL.

Yuhas, B. (2022). What do students think of our well-being efforts? Early SWISS results. NASPA Strategies Conference (virtual).

Yuhas, B. & Ross, F. E. (2022). Student Well-being: At the center of student and institutional success. AAC&U Annual Conference (virtual).

Downing, J. & Yuhas, B. (2021). Assessing a culture of integrated well-being. NIRSA National Conference (virtual).

Yuhas, B. & O’Sullivan, E. (2021). Student well-being from the Institutional perspective: A new method of assessment. NIRSA National Conference (virtual).

Yuhas, B. (2021). How well is your institution supporting student well-being? NASPA National Conference (virtual).

Yuhas, B. (2021) How well is your institution supporting student well-being? NASPA Strategies Conference (virtual).

Downing, J. & Yuhas, B. (2021). BU|BeWell: Creating a culture of integrated well-being in higher education. National Wellness Institute Conference (virtual).

Downing, J. & Yuhas, B. (2020). Creating a culture of integrated well-being. NIRSA Summer Conference (virtual).

Yuhas, B. (2020). Assessing institutional support for student well-being. Assessment Institute (virtual).

Yuhas, B. (2020). Giving student well-being a check-up. NASPA Strategies Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Yuhas, B., Lohman, B. (2019). How healthy is your assessment of well-being? Assessment Institute, Indianapolis, IN.

Media Coverage

Assessment Tool Uncovers Gaps in Student Wellness Services, Campustechology.com

Director Download No. 1: Josh Downing of Butler University, powered by Campus Rec Magazine

Opening the Doors for Student-Faculty Connection

Hartmann, H. (2022). Improve Campus Well-being with Butler’s SWISS Assessment. Campus Rec Magazine

Schwartz, N. (2022). How can colleges assess their own well-being initiatives? Higher Ed Dive

McCarthy, C. (2021). Learn how to assess your institution’s support for student well-being.