Census and Definitions for Recovery Support in Higher Education (2017)

The research undertaken by Transforming Youth Recovery for the 2017 Census and Definitions for Recovery Support in Higher Education includes activities intended to update definitions and descriptions for the services and resources that directly support students in recovery at institutions of higher education. A census was undertaken to ascertain the number of institutions offering services and resources in the U.S. along with detailed information on services and resources available to students on college campuses.

The specific research objectives were defined as:

  1. Substantiate the assumption that institutions of higher education are offering diverse types of recovery support services and resources for students in recovery from substance use disorders.
  2. Offer a definitional framework for the diverse types of recovery support services and resources in order to strengthen resource classification within the field and enhance accessibility by students and families in need.
  3. Update census data on collegiate recovery services and resources currently in the U.S.

The collegiate recovery census was sent to 249 contacts and promoted via TYR’s social media channels. Responses were received from 183 individuals. 127 responses were complete enough to include in the survey analysis and 118 unique institutions of higher education provided responses. These response rates make this the largest census in the history of the field.

The 2017 Recovery Census Data Download is now available for researchers and field practitioners from the Capacitype platform.