The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Health Education and Leadership Program proposes an ecological approach to understanding the campus environment. Using an ecological approach can help campus leaders address health-related issues to achieve a healthy campus that is community-based and not just individually focused.
Campus ecology provides a new way to view the connections among health, learning, and the campus structure. It encourages the exploration of relationships between and among individuals and the learning communities that comprise the campus environment. Leadership for a Healthy Campus: An Ecological Approach for Student Success calls for strong leadership and deliberate action by student affairs professionals, especially senior student affairs administrators. Such leadership will ensure that the campus environment is optimally organized to support, strengthen, and enhance health, enabling students to achieve, learn, and serve.