SCoRE® is a digital resilience curriculum which provides a unique educational opportunity to promote the mental and emotional health of young people. The program helps develop resilience skills by covering topics such as stress management, building positive support networks, self-care and goal setting all while emphasizing the unique experience of first-year college students. High School seniors and first year college students are the focus of this information as they prepare for the transition to college.
SCoRE exists in 3 versions: Instructor-led; Self-paced; and Propel for those seeking disability services (i.e. students with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, social anxiety disorders, and related developmental disorders).
All versions of SCoRE help develop self-awareness as students complete a series of surveys and questionnaires, then receive immediate feedback in the form of personalized reports such as “My Responses to Stress,” “My Thinking Style,” and “My Self Attitudes” to name a few.
Chatham University has used SCoRE for six years and has experienced many benefits, including:
Students who completed SCoRE as first-years in 2011 were surveyed as seniors. Their knowledge about resilience was greater at graduation than when they took the pre-test as first-years. Therefore, students retained what they learned and resilience knowledge increased.
Students in both cohorts self-reported positive behavior change as a result of taking SCoRE:
- 2011 cohort– between 52-70% used a resilience technique somewhat or much more than they used to.
- 2014 cohort—between 61-83% used a resilience technique somewhat or much more than they used to.
Some techniques and skills taught in SCoRE and used by students included taking purposeful breaks; connecting with others; building communication and listening skills; trying to be optimistic; monitoring daily hassles; and being aware of negative thoughts and reactions to stress.
Those in the 2014 cohort who were retained into year 2 scored higher on behavior change indicators (i.e. achieved a higher “resiliency score”) than those who withdrew from the university.
A statistically significant reduction in stress was found in students from the 2014 cohort who persisted into year 2.
Program administrators noticed and student participants reported a positive cohort effect in sharing the experience of taking SCoRE together.
Program administrators reported that the electronic delivery method had a positive impact on students’ experience; and that SCoRE is ready made/turnkey, and easy to deliver and implement.
SCoRE Website: www.scoreforcollege.org
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More surveys and other tools: can also be found in the complete SCoRE curriculum. Purchase SCoRE here for only $19.95.
At Mount Saint Mary’s University we’ve used SCoRE as part of our training process for our peer health educators for the past two years. Compared to previous training, we found it helped improve our peers’ skills in writing SMART goals and instructing the students they work with one-on-one in developing realistic goals. Additionally, SCoRE has given our peers a toolbox of stress management and self-care techniques to draw from, not only for themselves, but for the students they work with as well.
We feel SCoRE is such a valuable program that we’ve incorporated it into our pilot resilience program called Certified Resilient. Completing SCoRE is the first step to becoming Certified Resilient, followed by attending 4-on campus workshops on wellness, and lastly teaching what they learned to others through an on campus presentation or service project.
We will continue to use SCoRE because of its excellent content and flexible presentation for our busy students.
– Alison Halpern, RD, CHES; Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles
Wellness Manager, Division of Student Affairs
“Student mental health continues to be a topic of concern for higher education. SCoRE provides a proactive, comprehensive, turnkey solution for promoting skill sets which lead to positive mental health. Our campus has successfully implemented the curriculum with all first year students in their required first year experience course for the past five years. Our longitudinal impact data is promising.”
– Sean McGreevey, Chatham University
Former Assistant Dean for Career Development, 2016
“Research has shown us that when people are afraid to fail they will not take risks. You want a work force that is ‘willing to think outside of the box,’ especially in the field of human services. When we provide an opportunity to our work force of young professionals the chance to learn resiliency skills, we are not only cultivating a stronger, healthier, and vibrant work environment for our employees but for the mental health community in which we all serve. Thank you SCoRE.”
– Candice Northcut Tomon, Program Coordinator
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA