The Academic Resilience Consortium (ARC) emerged from a shared sense that today's students encounter unprecedented challenges in their lives and work that require them to exercise capacities for resilience, and that institutions of higher education have an important role to play in helping young people develop these capacities. Participating institutions determine independently how to address issues of resilience on their own campuses, given their unique resources, interests, and student populations.

The Academic Resilience Consortium (originally known as the Resilience Consortium) emerged from shared interests in student resilience among a group of Ivy+ Learning Services colleagues in 2013.  We had benefited from sharing among ourselves various initiatives, articles, and other resources, and from supporting one another in our efforts to understand and promote student resilience.   The founding participants of the Consortium included representatives from Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania. 

A steering committee for the Consortium was formed with members from four of the founding institutions, and the first Consortium website was created to provide a format for collaboration.  Almost immediately after launching the website and beginning to populate it with materials from the founding members, the Consortium began to receive inquiries and interest from a wide range of colleagues and other institutions interested in student resilience, so the Consortium decided to open membership and submissions to all institutions of higher education.  Today the Consortium includes over 400 members from 200 institutions.

Adina Glickman
Director, Student Learning Strategy Programs (retired)
Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning 
Stanford University

Abigail Lipson
Director (retired)
Bureau of Study Counsel
Harvard University
Myrna Cohen
Executive Director (retired)
Weingarten Learning Resources Center
University of Pennsylvania
Nic Voge
Senior Associate Director
McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
Princeton University
  • To better understand the nature of resilience in our students' lives and work
  • To develop and implement interventions to promote student resilience
  • To produce research, disseminate information, share materials, and provide consultation among member schools and within the larger field of higher education regarding issues related to student resilience


  • Participants welcome and respect diverse cultural and personal assumptions, values, circumstances, and perspectives.
  • Participants strive for collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and alumni within their own university communities.
  • Participants strive to make appropriate use of relevant technology (electronic survey tools; mobile apps; interactive formats; technological accessibility; social networking).

  • What are the habits, attitudes, and skills associated with resilience in the college/university setting?
  • To what extent can resilience be learned in young adulthood?  What pedagogies and learning contexts influence students' conceptions of success, failure, and risk, and promote or inhibit the development of resilience?
  • What is the long term impact for young people in their academic and professional endeavors, when they are provided with opportuinities to develop their capacities for resilience during their college/university years? 

In 2018, the generosity of a private donor through Harvard University's Bureau of Study Counsel made it possible for the Consortium to sponsor the Symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education, which took place in the fall of 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania with over 200 participants.   Learn more about the Symposium here.

As the the Consortium continues to grow, we are working towards developing from an informal collaboration into an independent non-profit organization.  You are invited to join us on the journey to understand and support student resilience.