Stay up to date on our latest progress in examining and implementing recommendations from the Student Mental Health Task Force report.
Implementing Report Recommendations
An implementation steering committee consisting of students, faculty and staff has been charged with overseeing several teams to evaluate and operationalize the task force’s recommendations. The evaluations will consider cost, time, potential barriers and other factors to determine what’s feasible at NC State.
Below we’ve listed our current team leads and the recommendations they’ll explore (some recommendations are grouped for efficiency).
Many of the recommendations, especially in the short-term category, have been implemented or are currently being examined by their respective team leads.
In Progress/Short Term
|Improve the usability of the Counseling Center website||Justin Hammond, Asst. Vice Chancellor, DASA|
|Create a one-stop website for mental health and well-being resources||Justin Hammond, Asst. Vice Chancellor, DASA|
|Schedule wellness days each semester and assess the benefit||Charles Clift, Asst. Vice Provost, University Registrar, EMAS|
|Embed clinicians across campus||Monica Osburn, Executive Director, Counseling and Prevention Services|
|Hire and retain more clinicians and case managers||Monica Osburn, Executive Director, Counseling and Prevention Services|
|Review NC State postvention protocols||Donna McGalliard, Interim Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA|
|Compile and advertise courses that support well-being||Wellness Advisory Committee|
|Create a campuswide theme centered on wellness and sense of belonging for 2023-24 academic year||Yarneccia Dyson, Department Head and Professor, School of Social Work|
|Create a faculty toolkit and other resources for faculty||Diane Chapman, Director, Office of Faculty Development|
|Add additional interventions and opportunities that promote a sense of belonging, connection and community||Michele Kurtz, Interim Director, Student Leadership and Engagement|
|Become a JED Campus||Monica Osburn, Executive Director, Counseling and Prevention Services|
|Create a Dean of Students-type position in DASA||Doneka Scott, Vice Chancellor and Dean, DASA|
|Implement widely available mental health screening for students, including education on resources available||Richard Tyler Walker, Assoc. Director, Counseling Services|
|Increase prevention efforts, including changes to Prevention Services||Wellness Advisory Committee|
|Review existing advising models across the university||Kesha Reed, Assoc. Vice Chancellor and Assoc. Dean, DASA|
|Modify the Health and Exercise Studies GEP courses required for every undergraduate student, to increase wellness and life skills education||Tommy Holden, Interim Department Head, Health and Exercise Studies|
|Create a common core first-year experience course (folded into GEP discussion)||Carrie Zelna, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA; Holly Hurlburt, Assoc. Dean, DASA|
|Add a health and wellness component to performance appraisals for employees (developmental)||Tim Danielson, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, University Human Resources|
|Continue to address food insecurity, housing instability and other environmental factors||Kaly Wall, Academic Advisor; John Classen, Director of Graduate Programs; Mike Giancola, Asst. Vice Chancellor and Student Ombuds, DASA|
|Provide additional student support services and community engagement programming opportunities on Centennial Campus||Donna McGalliard, Interim Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA|
The following recommendations are grouped based on the overarching themes they represent.
This group of recommendations will increase access to services and support within the Wolfpack community.
|In Progress/Short Term|
|Increase access to counseling services and decrease the wait time (telehealth platform, currently Academic Live Care)||Lisa Zapata, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA|
|Implement a peer mentoring support program|
|Provide a wellness app for the NC State Community|
Training for Faculty and Staff
This group of recommendations focuses on possible educational measures NC State employees can leverage to better support student mental health.
|In Progress/Short Term|
|Require students to complete a well-being skills training module||Lisa Zapata, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA; Carrie Zelna, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA|
|Encourage faculty and staff to attend ally training programs, diversity training and racial dialogue workshops|
|Require/encourage faculty and staff to complete training to learn how to recognize early warning signs of mental health distress|
This group of recommendations seeks to remove financial barriers for students in need of mental health and well-being resources.
|Continue to address financial barriers to success among students (particularly grad students)||TBD, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA|
|Provide student services for distance education students|
This group of recommendations will explore the spaces on campus to better support the student experience.
|Implement means restrictions in the built environment||Lisa Zapata, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA|
|Create more gathering spaces that cultivate community|
This group of recommendations will examine several university regulations and update them when possible to foster a more supportive academic environment.
|Examine regulations related to academic expectations (REG 02.20.03 Attendance,|
REG 02.20.14 – Test and Examinations,
REG 02.20.13 – Teacher Availability to Students)
|Katharine Stewart, Sr. Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs; Bret Smith, Sr. Assoc. Dean, DASA|
|Ensure course expectations and workload align with credit hours earned (REG 02.20.05 – Course Load, REG 02.05.02 – Length of Time to Graduation)|
|Coordinate exams at the institutional or departmental levels|
|Add a syllabus statement on mental health (REG 02.20.07 – Course Syllabus)|
|Examine “grades” regulations (REG 02.50.03 Grades and Grade Point Average, REG 02.45.02- Grades and Credit in Graduate Courses, REG 02.20.16 – Undergraduate Grade Exclusion, REG 02.20.06 Course Repeat Regulation, REG 02.05.01 – Continuation of Undergraduate Enrollment (Academic suspension))|
Regulations for Withdrawals/Leaves of Absence/Adding or Dropping Courses
This group of recommendations suggests revising current regulations to facilitate streamlined course schedule changes.
|Undergraduate leave of absence (new proposed)||Lisa Zapata, Sr. Assoc. Vice Chancellor, DASA; Charles Clift, Asst. Vice Provost, University Registrar, EMAS|
|Examine current regulations for withdrawals/leaves of absence/adding or dropping courses (REG 02.05.04 – Term Withdrawal from the University, REG 02.20.02 – Adding and Dropping Courses, REG 02.20.15 – Credit Only Courses, REG 07.55.03 Refunds)|