Colleges and universities are the de facto experts in academics. Curriculum development, content delivery, providing academic resources and assistance, ensuring academic integrity, and evaluating student performance are all critical pieces required for students to succeed in their chosen fields. Students’ academic success also depends on their writing skills, study habits, and ability to think critically.
Intellectual wellness is an umbrella term that includes all of the components for academic success along with non-academic elements such as students’ inherent interest in expanding their knowledge, their creativity, and their motivation to keep learning. Other examples of intellectual wellness include students’ ability to manage time, focus on the topic at hand, and get a good night’s sleep.
Students can excel academically when their intellectual wellness is stimulated. One study found that medical students with higher levels of intellectual wellness had better reading habits and actively participated in class discussions.
While these non-academic elements of intellectual wellness are essential, they are not always easy for schools to implement and support.
Beyond academics, why consider wellness resources for your students?
Students attend college for many reasons: to qualify for a career they love, for future financial security, to grow their social networks, and to satisfy their intellectual needs and desires. Supporting students in these goals can help schools attract and retain individuals who thrive academically and in all areas of their life.
How CampusWell can help your college enhance students’ intellectual wellness
Beyond your current course materials, library, tutoring services, writing workshops, and other academic supports, you can draw on additional ready-made resources to enhance your offerings. As a subscribing school, you can share student-centered programming complete with strategies and inspiration to maximize student satisfaction with your school and build all eight dimensions of wellness, including intellectual wellness.
CampusWell publishes weekly content for students—available 24/7 online—that acts as a vital resource for colleges and universities. Some examples of recently published intellectual wellness resources include:
CampusWell is a versatile platform that helps make a multi-departmental wellness initiative simple, sustainable, and engaging. Using technology, high quality, research-based content, and proven marketing strategies, together with your existing assets, we deliver a campus-wide wellness platform that will positively impact your students and institution.
CampusWell. (2020, January 20). Improve student success and retention with these 8 dimensions of wellness. https://start.campuswell.com/improve-student-success-and-retention-with-these-8-dimensions-of-wellness/
Hartmann, M. E. & Prichard, J. R. (2018). Calculating the contribution of sleep problems to undergraduates’ academic success. Sleep Health, 4(5):463-471. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30241662
Moore, T. J. (2018). An examination of satisfaction, GPA, and retention of first-year college students from rural communities at a small public technical college. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York. https://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/education_etd/377/
National Center for Education Statistics. (2019). Undergraduate retention and graduation rates. https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator_ctr.asp
Naz, A., Rehman, R., Katpar, S., & Hussain, M. (2014). Intellectual wellness awareness: A neglected area in medical universities of Pakistan. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 64, 993-7. https://jpma.org.pk/article-details/6922?article_id=6922
Shirazi, F., Sharif, F., Molazem, Z., & Alborzi, M. (2017). Dynamics of self-directed learning in M.Sc. nursing students: A qualitative research. Journal of Advances in Medical Education & Professionalism, 5(1), 33–41. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5238494/