UI plans to hire three care coordinators to improve student mental health and well-being
President Barbara Wilson briefed the State Board of Regents on new initiatives taken by the university to support student care.
The University of Iowa is in the process of recruiting three mental health coordinators to assist in its efforts to provide holistic support to students.
President Barbara Wilson said during her report to the State Board of Regents that IU works with students in and out of the classroom by providing leadership and service activities, while paying attention to the good. -being students.
Wilson said the salary of one of the two care coordinators will be funded by the UI Department of Public Security and will work closely with the department. The UI is also planning to hire a Basic Needs Coordinator.
Care Coordinators will respond to student mental health issues and Basic Needs Coordinators will connect students to resources such as pantries and clothes closets.
“It really is a great example of how we work together in different units on mental health and wellness, âWilson said.
Wilson told the regents that the students needed round-the-clock support.
The New UI 24/7 crisis and helpline, which launched this semester, is available by text and call and will connect students to hospitals if needed, Wilson told the Regents.
âThis service will provide professional help on the other end to understand student needs and can respond very quickly to any type of crisis or emerging crisis that may arise among our students,â Wilson said.
Wilson also discussed First Gen Hawks, a program designed to support first-generation UI students that produced a 92% retention rate, a rate 9% higher than the general UI retention rate.
âYou can see that with this program we were able to increase the overall retention rate by 4%,â Wilson said.
Wilson credits this data to support the importance of connecting students to resources early on in their stay at UI.
âStudents reported after this program that they felt more confident in their ability to do well in college,â Wilson said. “They also felt they had a growth mindset and were better able to ask for help when needed.”
The university hopes to expand the First Gen Hawks program, which is funded by the UI’s public-private partnership, Wilson said. The first cohort consisted of 61 students.
âSo that’s the beauty of PPP financing. It allows us to drive things in a modest way, âWilson said. âDo not overtake us. And then once we see the positive results, as I just shared with you, we will develop this program. “