As I wrote to you last year during the 2018-2019 Academic Year, IMSA conducted a “Year of Inquiry” focused on student mental health. Through town hall meetings, interviews, focus groups, literature reviews, and data analysis of different surveys completed by IMSA students, we sought to understand deeply the factors impacting student mental health at IMSA. The results of the Year of Inquiry were three recommendations to be considered during the 2019-2020 Academic Year, mainly:
- Implement an Academy-wide major assessments master calendar
- Establish a policy and practice of "no homework" to be assigned over extended weekends and "no major assessments" on the first day of class following extended weekends
- Increase focus on sleep education and incentivize positive sleep behaviors
Torres, José M., "Personal Reflections" (2019). Personal Reflections. 55.