Recruiting Participants for Self-Assessments for Student Success (SASS)

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The SASS is a self-assessment, developed by occupational therapists, that aims to measure strengths and challenges impacting areas of student success in college students ages 18 and older. The tool measures domains such as resilience, stress management, social supports, quality of life, and study skills. The SASS aims to help students identify individual areas of need and create a profile that may potentially help the student self-advocate with appropriate healthcare professionals, faculty, and staff while also helping the student identify supporting resources.

Total time to review the inventory should not take longer than 20 to 35 minutes, depending on the student. A total of 150 students will be recruited to participate in this study and must be a currently enrolled student at a college or university and be at least 18 years or older to participate. Student participants will be asked to answer thirty-four questions. The participant will rate each question on a scale of 1-5, with 1 representing strongly disagree and 5 representing strongly agree. After rating each item, participants will tally the scores per domain on the score sheet. Each domain represents a different area of student success. Your responses are completely anonymous and will only serve to validate the assessment tool. Your participation in this study will help to create a tool to better support college students.

If you are interested, you may complete the consent form and take the survey by September 1, 2021. You can access the survey by clicking on the following link:

If you have any questions or if you are interested in receiving summary results of the study after the data is analyzed, please feel free to contact Juliana Pérez, OTR/L at or call 562-761-3829.