National college health assessment sampling: Organizational barriers preventing black participation and organizational solutions for appropriate representation.
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Objective: This investigation longitudinally examined the participation of Black college students in the American College Health Association?s National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA). Participants: All respondents to ACHA-NCHA from the years 2008, 2011, & 2014 were included in the analysis. Methods: This study compared the descriptive demographic student characteristics from the 2008, 2011, & 2014 ACHA-NCHA data to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) college enrollment for the corresponding years. Results: Despite constituting 14.5% of the total enrollment in 4-year universities and colleges from 2005 to 2013, Black students represented about 7% of the ACHA-NCHA respondents. Conclusion: Having a sample lacking valid representation of minorities can further lead to biased and flawed assumptions. Therefore, organizations such as ACHA should make concerted efforts to gather data that is reflective of national enrollment rates.