College Sleep Environmental Scan™

The College Sleep Environmental Scan for residential colleges and universities addresses how institutional policy, programming, and structures contribute to or impede healthy sleep. 

While environmental scans exist for a variety of campus issues including alcohol safety, environmental stewardship, and openness to GLBT students, there are no such scans available for assessing how campus environmental factors impact students' sleep. 

The College Sleep Environmental Scan provides important normative and formative data for universities and colleges to consider in identifying and implementing strategies for institution-wide changes to improve poor sleep. Poor sleep is one of the top five impediments to academic success.

Frequently Asked Questions:

There is no cost to complete to complete the environmental scan.

  1. Click the sign up form link on the sidebar and complete the corresponding form.  Then, a staff member from the Center for College Sleep will email you within two weeks with directions on how to complete the instrument. 
  2. Complete the scan as instructed. Once you have gathered the answers to the questionnaire, you will submit the answers into an online form. Within two weeks of entering your results, you will receive an annotated bibliography with educational information related to best practices for college sleep environments and policies.
  3. Each year in July, an Executive Summary of the aggregate data will be emailed to campus contacts who have completed the scan in the previous year from June 1 to May 31.

The following year, each campus contact will be emailed a brief follow up survey to assess what progress, if any, was made on addressing sleep concerns at the institution. It is recommended that you retake the scan every two years. 


It takes approximately 2 – 4 hours to complete the College Sleep Center Environmental Scan.

In completing the Environmental Scan process, colleges and universities will:

  • Identify areas of strength and growth to foster college environments that are more conducive to healthy sleep
  • Create collaborative opportunities with departments across campus
  • Increase awareness of sleep as a significant and impactful public health concern  
  • Provide a platform to highlight their campuses' innovative strategies and initiatives on the Center for College Sleep website
  • Receive educational materials on best practices for creating healthy sleep environments
  • Receive a Reference Group Executive Summary providing national benchmark comparisons

Yes. The College Sleep Environmental Scan was developed by Lisa Broek, M.A., C.H.E.S. of Macalester College, Birdie Cunningham, M.A., and J. Roxanne Prichard, Ph.D. of the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).

© 2016 University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and Macalester College. All rights reserved.

Aggregate results of the CSC Environmental Scan and evaluative comments will be shared with professional colleagues at the American College Health Association Annual Meeting, regional meetings, and in peer-reviewed publications.  Individual institutional results are confidential. No college or university will be identified.