Safety and self-care are essential to students’ academic success and personal effectiveness. As such, higher education institutions of all sizes dedicate significant resources to programs that support students in maintaining social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness. Institutions face various risks when addressing student wellness, including myriad applicable laws and regulations, increased prevalence of mental health needs and alcohol and drug issues, complex academic and social environments and under-addressed wellness needs of various groups of students.
How can an institution gain assurance that it is effectively addressing these risks and that its student wellness initiatives are achieving their objectives? This presentation addresses how governing boards can help advise internal audit functions to assess student wellness programs to identify potential areas of risk and evaluate whether the institution’s student wellness infrastructure is operating effectively.