One of the great problems facing American colleges and universities today is student retention.
Many schools experience a 50% dropout rate by the end of the first semester. ARK for College provides a peer-mentoring, small-group opportunity for first-year students to discuss their hopes, fears, and concerns regarding the college experience. This process is designed to help students ensure that their college experience is exciting, fun, and fulfilling.
The ARK for College Manual and the accompanying DVDs feature lessons on such topics as "Achieving Academic Success," "Developing Tolerance and an Appreciation for Diversity," "Regarding Sex…", "Concerning Alcohol and Other Drugs," and "Stretching Your Boundaries."
Research shows that, if students develop meaningful relationships with one or two fellow students, it dramatically reduces the possibility of their dropping out of school. ARK for College's small group format encourages meaningful interaction and encourages the building of caring relationships among group members. It is a powerful tool for student retention.
ARK for College also helps students build the positive self-concept that is essential in reducing feelings of insecurity regarding college and that enables students to embrace this exciting phase of their lives with a sense of confidence and hope.
Frequently asked questions
How does the process work?
Who can benefit from ARK for College?
ARK for College can be used at any time during the college experience but is most helpful to first-year, first-semester students. While designed to be used at campuses where students are in residence, it can also be employed very effectively for purposes of dropout prevention at commuter schools.
How can I find out more about ARK for College?