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Planning for Higher Education Journal

Mind and Body

Wellness Center Trends in U.S. Higher Education
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From Volume 45 Number 4 | July–September 2017
By Gilah Benson-Tilsen, Rena Cheskis-Gold

Wellness—including mental health counseling, medical care, fitness and recreation, and other services—is now recognized as a crucial service for higher education institutions to provide to their students. This article discusses current trends in wellness centers at U.S. colleges and universities and challenges the reader to consider questions such as how campuses will meet increasing demands for mental health counseling. We describe how institutions are establishing best practices and building state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of the person as a whole. In preparation for renovation or new construction, we recommend that higher education professionals and architects implement a data-driven process to determine how best to serve the student population.

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