Assessing a Culture of Integrated Wellbeing
Butler University’s framework for student wellbeing, BU|BeWell, has become a campus-wide initiative that provides a foundation for the entire undergraduate student experience. Creating a framework that united programming and outreach across campus necessitated the development of assessment strategies and tools that could show the impact of BU|BeWell for our students.
The presenters will describe the implementation of BU|BeWell, design of a multi-pronged assessment strategy, tools for gathering data, and how initial findings have guided decision-making for various areas at Butler.
- Participants will be able to describe one method of assessing a campus-wide wellbeing framework.
- Participants will be able to use national surveys (e.g. NSSE) to assess a campus-wide wellbeing framework.
- Participants will be able to develop a campus-wide group of stakeholders to support and promote their wellbeing framework
Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Planning
Dr. Bridget Yuhas has worked in student affairs functional areas such as student activities, alumni engagement, development, housing, and assessment. She also spent five years at the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) where she frequently wrote experimental item sets for NSSE’s partner survey, the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement. Since arriving at Butler University in 2018, Dr. Yuhas has created ways to measure the efficacy of BU|BeWell, Butler’s framework for student wellbeing, and share results of those measurements to inform stakeholders’ practices across campus. She has presented original research on student wellbeing at NASPA Strategies, NASPA Annual Conference, Assessment Institute, NIRSA Annual Conference, and NIRSA’s Summer of Learning; and is currently partnering with the National Wellness Institute to study professional wellbeing practitioner competencies both within and outside of higher education.
Director | Recreation & Wellness
Josh serves as the Director of Recreation and Wellness at Butler University. He oversees Recreation & Wellness and executes a comprehensive student wellbeing initiative for the University through developing long and short term goals and overseeing the implementation of the strategies for achievement of the goals and objectives established. He earned his bachelors and masters from Indiana University and has been in recreation and wellness management since 2002. He has served on several NIRSA committees, is currently a member of the NIRSA Health and Well-being Task Force, a past president of the Indiana Recreation Sports Association (IRSA), and past president of the Butler Staff Assembly.