What is the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II (ACHA-NCHA II)?
The ACHA-NCHA II is an online survey examining students’ behaviours, perceptions, and habits about a variety of health and wellness topics. This survey is administered by the American College Health Association (ACHA).
What topics are addressed in the assessment?
1) Health, health education, and safety.
2) Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
3) Sex behavior, perceptions, and contraception.
4) Weight, nutrition, and exercise.
5) Mental and physical health.
6) Impediments to academic performance.
Why did the Ryerson Health Promotion Unit conduct this assessment?
As a unit, we are always looking for the most efficient and effective ways to serve our students. Collection and monitoring of reliable student data is necessary to inform our health promotion decisions. Hearing from our student community will enable us to understand, first hand, the significant health priorities of this population and assist us to design better campus-wide health promotion efforts and health & wellness services.
Was ethics approval required to conduct this assessment?
Ethics approval was required and granted by Ryerson’s Research Ethics Board.
When was this assessment held at Ryerson University?
What was the response proportion?
The response proportion was 18.9% (n=691). This sample size is large enough to generate significant insights within a 95% confidence interval and a +/-4 margin of error.
How were participants recruited?
5,000 Ryerson students were randomly selected to participate in the assessment. The sole selection criterion is that student participants must be over the age of 18. Random selection allows for a sample that represents the different nationalities, genders, ages, academic levels, cultures, and family status that exists within Ryerson.
Do other colleges or universities conduct this assessment as well?
Yes. In Spring 2016, for the first time ever, 41 institutions participated in a Canada-wide effort to gather student health data using the ACHA-NCHA II.
Who do I contact for more information about the ACHA-NCHA II?
Juannittah Kamera (RN, BScN, MScHPPH)
Health Promotion Programs Coordinator l Student Health & Wellness
416-979-5000 ext. 4295
What is Canada’s participation in the ACHA-NCHA II?
41 Canadian postsecondary institutions chose to participate in the Spring 2016 ACHA National College Health Assessment. In total, 43,780 surveys were completed across Canada. A reference group was created out of Canadian institutions that employed random sampling techniques and agreed to have their data included. The mean response rate within this group was 19% and the median was 19%.