TNCC Participates in the National Collegiate Health Assessment

Published: April 16, 2012

Thomas Nelson’s Health Department and Student Affairs are partnering with the American College Health Association (ACHC) to offer the National Collegiate Health Assessment, a nationally-recognized research tool that assists colleges and universities in evaluating students’ health habits, behaviors, and perceptions. On April 18, about 5,000 randomly selected TNCC students will receive an email invitation to participate in ACHC’s confidential online survey.

As an incentive, participants will be entered into a drawing for an array of prizes. “Thanks to a generous [faculty/staff mini-grant] from the TNCC Educational Foundation, we are able to offer all students who participate in the survey a chance to win one of several great prizes, including an iPad2, a Wii Console with Wii Fit Bundle, or gift cards to the TNCC Bookstore,” said Health Instructor Michelle Alexander.

Health Department Head Christy Hawkins said this is Thomas Nelson’s first time participating in the ACHC survey. It will provide baseline data that will allow the College to assess existing health behaviors and develop programs to promote awareness of healthy lifestyle behaviors among students.

“Health issues are among the top stressors for college students. The community college student tends to juggle many roles (student, employee, parent) potentially resulting in poor lifestyle behaviors. Students may lack knowledge about healthy lifestyle behaviors, be uncertain how to locate accurate health information, or be too overwhelmed to focus on their own personal health. Health issues such as sleep deprivation and unmanaged stress contribute to absenteeism and negatively impact student performance,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins stressed that the survey is confidential. ACHC assigns an ID number to each selected student in order to track participation. Data transmission is encrypted and firewall securities are in place. Additionally, ACHC destroys ID numbers and e-mail addresses before compiling survey data and sharing it with TNCC.

Hawkins and Alexander urge colleagues to encourage participation and suggest classroom announcements, Blackboard posts as reminders and offering bonus points. Students who participate will receive a confirmation email that can be used to validate their participation.

Students may direct questions about the survey to Hawkins or Alexander at

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Comment from Hazel Perry - May 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I do want to participate, and I hope it is not too late. But exams and school was a little stressful. Please let me know if I can still participate, and I will get it done within the next 48 hrs.

Comment from Thomas Nelson Community College - May 8, 2012 at 4:16 pm

5,000 TNCC students were randomly selected to participate. Please check your student email for a message from the college concerning the study.

Thank you