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.  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. We came together to share with one another our various initiatives, articles, and other resources, and to support one another in our efforts to understand and promote student resilience. 

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.  Immediately after launch, the Consortium began to receive inquiries and requests from a wide range of colleagues and other institutions interested in student resilience, so the Consortium decided to open membership to all institutions of higher education.  Today the Consortium includes over 600 members from over 360 institutions, in 46 US states and 17 countries.

Adina Glickman
ARC Co-Director
(retired Director, Student Learning Strategy Programs,

Stanford University)

Abigail Lipson
ARC Co-Director
(retired Director,  Bureau of Study Counsel,  Harvard University)
Myrna Cohen
Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania (retired Executive Director,  Weingarten Learning Resources Center,  U.Penn) 
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 at the University of Pennsylvania with over 200 participants.   Learn more about the Symposium here.

As the the Consortium continues to grow, we are evolving from an informal collaboration into an independent non-profit organization.  In 2019 the ARC became a fiscally sponsored program of Community Initiatives, allowing us to operate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  You are invited to join us as we continue on the journey towards understanding and supporting student resilience.