Date Approved

6-10-2020

Embargo Period

6-11-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Walpole, MaryBeth

Second Advisor

Tinnin, Andrew

Third Advisor

McCombs, Tyrone

Keywords

mental health, outdoor program, retreat, well-being

Subject(s)

College students--Mental health

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

Mental health scores on college campuses often seem to be spiraling in a downward trend. College students frequently cite be more depressed and more anxious than the rest of the population, and they are also at a higher risk for suicide than other members of society (Beiter et al., 2016; Davidson, 2016; Henriques, 2014; Holland, 2016; Mey, 2015). Rowan University's recent Rowan Thrive initiative is a cross-campus collaboration that sets out to improve students' well-being through education and programming with a host of programs under its umbrella. One of these programs is the Recharge & Connect Retreat, a 3-day and 2-night retreat in Medford, New Jersey designed to get students connected to the people around them and teach them ways to manage their stress and anxiety when they return to campus. This program evaluation will take a look at the retreat, the outcomes that students had, and factors that students believed led to the success - or failure - of the retreat.

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