Low grades and student health: at the core of the university mission

The health of students, and its relationship to academic performance, is at the core of a university's mission. It has only been in recent years that university health personnel have studied the reasons students say they have done poorly in academics. These reasons are different from the health issues traditionally addressed by university health services. This is a new way of looking at competitive success. It considers re-engineering the utilization of resources that link university health services to the university mission. The American College Health Association and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are beginning to assess and set objectives. They urge core activities that provide more comprehensive health education and wellness programs to reduce health issues that hinder achievement of the university mission. This paper reports the outcomes of pilot studies of student reasons for poor academic performance, and discusses the implication of the outcomes as new performance measures.