Collegiate Recovery Asset Survey Report (2015)
The Collegiate Recovery Asset Survey, administered by Transforming Youth Recovery (TYR), aims to refresh and update research undertaken to identify community assets that can help students in recovery to thrive in the fullness of the college experience.
The unshakable focus of this work is to offer a methodology for increasing the capacity of a collegiate community to make available those assets that students in recovery need to pursue academic, recovery and life goals. This survey is not intended to evaluate the effectiveness of any given college-based recovery program or effort. Rather, it is intended to uncover how certain assets are being identified and assembled into practices that best support students in recovery.
Survey invitations are extended annually to named program coordinators of collegiate recovery programs or efforts that receive grant funding from TYR. The Collegiate Recovery Asset Survey asks named program coordinators, based on their experience with the collegiate recovery program or effort at their institution of higher education, to identify which assets they believe are critical to start serving and supporting college students in recovery and essential to serving and supporting college students in recovery on an ongoing basis; which assets are essential to serving and supporting college students in recovery on an ongoing basis but not critical to start; and, which assets are neither critical to start serving and supporting college students in recovery on an ongoing basis nor critical to start serving and supporting college students in recovery.
Results from the survey are used to annually evaluate the usefulness of 38 assets that are the basis for building collegiate recovery capacity across the United States. Starting in 2014, the survey was lengthened to ask program coordinators about the nature of their collegiate recovery program or effort (CRP/E), the relationship between their CRP/E and local community-based assets, and the practices that are a result of their CRP/E being a part of the community.
In 2015, the survey was extended further to ask a series of open-ended questions meant to inform a discussion on indicators that may be predictive of institutional endorsement or acceptance of a collegiate recovery program or effort. The intention is to deepen the understanding of the practices that might contribute to the long-term sustainability of CRP/Es within campus communities.