For a group project, we investigated iSchool MSIS candidates’ awareness of the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center. We solicited voluntary participation in our study via survey made with Qualtrics Survey Tool that circulated through the iSchool mailing list, ‘the-insider' and then wrote a report regarding our findings.
The School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin is situated away from the main campus and comprised of graduate students seeking a Master’s degree. Due to its physical detachment from larger departments and the main campus, it is not clear how many of its students are aware of the university-provided mental health services; or, moreover, why its students may be more or less willing to utilize these services.
We conducted a study to ask current MSIS students on their experience with the Mental Health Center and provided ideas on how to make changes to bring awareness of their services.
Help identify group questions, design an interview protocol, interview analysis, design survey, analyze survey results, poster designer, help write analysis report
- To what extent are iSchool graduate students aware of UT’s available mental health and wellness services?
- Why might graduate iSchool students be more or less willing to use UT’s provided mental health services?
- Research on UT Counseling and Mental Health Center service options.
- Interviewing six iSchool students in order to define survey questions.
- Build a survey that addressed: high-level awareness, service-specific awareness, source of awareness, willingness to utilize services, perception of specific services (e.g. Thrive app).
- Analyze data from 33 respondents.
Data Collection & Analysis:
- iSchool students have at least a base awareness of the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center.
- The Thrive app falls short in acting as a useful, on-the-go, resource targeted at supporting student mental wellness.
- Students are unaware of the extent of the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center’s available services.
- Orientations are the most successful way of making students aware of on-campus mental wellness services.
To share our findings, our group had to create a poster, which was shared with the class as well as the iSchool's annual open house. The poster was created using Google Drawings.