NCHA Fall 2006
Content Area: Demographics
34 Schools, 23,863 Participants
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About the Schools • About the Students
Thirty-eight US postsecondary institutions self-selected to participate in the Fall 2006 National College Health Assessment and 25,155 surveys were completed by students on these campuses. For the purpose of forming the Reference Group, only those institutions that surveyed all students, or used a random sampling technique are included in the analysis, yielding a final data set consisting of 23,863 students and 34 schools.
Among the demographic characteristics of the 34 campuses surveyed 19 were public college/universities and 15 were private. The majority, 33, were 4-year institutions and one, 2-year. School size varied with eight schools having less than 2,500 students, eight schools 2,500-4,999, four schools 5,000-9,999, seven schools between 10,000-19,999 and seven schools 20,000 or more. The geographical location around the country also varied with 11 schools in the northeast, seven schools in the midwest, 14 schools in the south, and two schools in the west. There was also variation in campus setting with four schools located in a very large city with a population greater than 500,000. One school was located in a large city (population 250,000-499,999), 17 schools in a small city (population 50,000-249,999), eight schools in a large town (population 10,000-49,999), and one school was located in a small town (population 2,500-9,999). Three schools were located in rural communities of a population under 2,500.
The Carnegie classification was as follows: Associates Colleges were represented by one school and Baccalaureate Colleges included seven schools. Masters College and Universities comprised 11 schools, and 15 schools were Research Institutions.
Of the 34 institutions included in the Fall 2006 Reference Group, 7 institutions (n=3,646) administered paper surveys in randomly selected classrooms, and 27 institutions (n=20,217) administered the web-based survey to the entire student population, or to a randomly selected sample of students. The overall mean response proportion was 36.0%. The mean response proportion was 84% for schools administering paper surveys in randomly selected classrooms, and 23% for schools conducting randomized Web-based surveying.