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Factors influencing college success for students with learning disabilities attending a minority -serving institution


2005 2005

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study was to understand factors influencing the successful participation of adults with learning disabilities in higher education. Data were collected through a series of three semi-structured interviews from a sample of ten students presenting verified learning disabilities and attending a minority-serving institution. The key emerging themes and patterns were identified from all thirty transcript analyses.

The findings, placed in the context of previous research into college success for students with learning disabilities, enabled recognition of a success model with five overarching themes: (A) A higher education institution committed to access and retention for disadvantaged students, reflected in a mission statement that included outreach to students from disadvantaged backgrounds; (B) The availability of student support services on campus; (C) A social safety net to compensate for low income (specifically, the state vocational rehabilitation agency); (D) The support and advocacy of family and teachers; and (E) A core of character strengths (specifically, persistence, optimism, and gratitude).

Implications and recommendations for future research were discussed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Higher education;
School administration;
Special education
Classification
0745: Higher education
0514: School administration
0529: Special education
Identifier / keyword
Education; College success; Learning disabilities; Minority-serving
Title
Factors influencing college success for students with learning disabilities attending a minority -serving institution
Author
Reed, Joan Mueller
Number of pages
171
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 66/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496975297, 0496975293
Advisor
Stick, Sheldon L.
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3163443
ProQuest document ID
305427867
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305427867
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