Program Outcomes

As a Collegiate Recovery Program we focus on helping students sustain their recovery, achieve academic success, and reach a level of thriving as a community.  Each year we track these outcomes and are consistently amazed at the transformation the students experience and the successes they achieve in recovery.  The following data illustrate these successes by the numbers.

Sustained Recovery Success (Abstinence Rates)

A Collegiate Recovery Program is intentionally designed to support recovery in a typically recovery-unfriendly environment.  The program and its students foster a culture of recovery which supports abstinence from alcohol and illicit drugs.  The cultural norm is to stay in recovery and protect against relapse.  The average rate of successful abstinence is well above 90% year to year (average of 94% successful abstinence from ’07 to ’13).

The relapse rates were calculated by taking the total number of students who relapsed in a given semester and dividing by the total number of students served in that semester. The Program totals were calculated by taking the total number of students who have relapsed while in the StepUP Program and dividing by the total number of students served. Students who relapsed, returned to the program, and relapsed again were counted only once for this statistic. The data in the chart below were last updated August 2013.


Student Academic Success (1997 through 2012)

Mean GPA 1997-2012  3.2 out of 4.0

Our students arrive at Augsburg StepUP with varying degrees of readiness for college and its demands.  However, with the academic support resources available on our campus as well as the community of supportive peers, our students achieve what many of them once thought impossible – a successful college experience towards completion of a degree.  The overall grade point averages (GPA – on a 4 point scale) of our community reinforces a culture of success.

This statistic was calculated by taking the cumulative GPA of all students served by the StepUP program while they attended classes at Augsburg College. Any other academic work done at other colleges and/or universities was not considered. The cumulative GPA’s were then used to calculate the mean. The statistics were not weighted based on number of credits. 

Total Students Graduates Returning 12-’13 Grads
Year Students GPA Students GPA Students GPA Students GPA
07-’08 79 3 21 3.4 37 3.3 n/a n/a
08-’09 76 3.2 21 3.4 41 3.4 6 3.3
09-’10 90 3.2 23 3.3 40 3.2 7 3.3
10-’11 98 3.5 13 3.31 53 2.92 4 3.64
11-’12 103 3.16 20 3.53 10 3.16 6 3.2
12-’13 94 3.021 12 3.443 60 2.99 10 3.262

Service and Outreach

As a collegiate recovery program we believe recovery is more than simply remaining abstinent from alcohol and illicit drugs.  Recovery is about growing and thriving.  As a college (Augsburg) we believe we have a responsibility to make a difference for others beyond our own community.  Each semester StepUP students volunteer for off-campus service commitments in the surrounding metro community.  They may present as panels to large school groups or speak in small groups at treatment centers or in classrooms speaking to the issues of addiction and recovery.  They impact hundreds of individuals in a wide array of settings helping to reduce the stigma of addiction and educate others about the hope and life transformative possibilities of recovery.

The StepUP Program students are frequently asked to share their personal experiences and individual stories with various audiences across the Twin Cities. The students are encouraged to participate in service and outreach opportunities as part of their recovery journey.  For many, their transformative stories inspire others and slowly lift the stigma connected with addiction and recovery and bring understanding, acceptance, and compassion. During the 2011-2012 academic year, over 300 StepUP student voices were heard in classrooms, treatment centers, and training centers.


In the 2012-2013 school year StepUP students:

  • Engaged in over 177 hours of community service outreach.
  • Presented and spoke to over 1900 audience members including:
    • Public school settings (approximately 1017 middle and high school students);
    • Recovery high schools (approximately 97 students);
    • College and university classes (approximately 128 students);
    • Community parent groups (20 parents in PTA meetings); and,
    • Chemical Dependency treatment settings (696 adolescent/emerging adult treatment residents).
    • Provided weekly leadership mentorship to students (over 30) in three recovery high schools.