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What is the appropriate level of mental health service that UNC System institutions should strive to provide?

What best practices and innovations should the UNC System consider improving to deliver student mental health services?

Are existing funding sources sufficient to meet that standard across the System?

What alternative revenue models should the UNC System consider?

14 percent of U.S. college students have had thoughts of suicide and, similarly, the data for UNC System institutions identify a suicide ideation range between 10 percent and 23 percent of UNC System students.
Mental health issues impede academic progress and can lead to lower GPAs, leaves of absence, and stop outs. According to one study, simply identifying students who have a low GPA and are experiencing a mental health issue could help administrators identify 30 percent of students who are at risk of dropping out.
Student mental health staff and funding however have not increased proportionately but have either remained stagnant or declined on a per-student basis. As a result, many centers are strained beyond capacity, and are not able to provide students with the care they need, retain valuable mental health practitioners on staff, or support other units on campus in providing educational and outreach mental health services to students.
Among the 1,669 colleges and universities examined between 2007- 12, the collective lost revenue due to attrition was a staggering $16.5 billion.
Of the 1.1 million full-time students who entered college in 2002, the 500,000 who failed to graduate within 6 years cost a combined $4.5 billion in foregone income from federal and state income taxes.
Over a 5-year time frame, over $6.2 billion was appropriated to colleges and universities by states to help pay for the education of students who failed to return to school for a second year.
The costs associated with late graduation at a public 4-year university is a loss of $68,000 per student per year for that school.