ASHE 2016 Conference

A Spectrum of Student Success: Identifying Factors Affecting Access, Experiences, and Outcomes for Students on the Autism Spectrum


One of every 68 children in the United States has autism, a rate of diagnosis that has more than doubled during the last 10 years. As more and more students with autism show up on college campuses, it has become increasingly important for college educators to understand these students’ experiences and actively address the underlying challenges that have heretofore contributed to the relatively poor college outcomes for this population. This study presents a new conceptual model that could be used to help students or their institutions anticipate, address, and overcome challenges that heretofore might undermine the chances of college success for autistic students.  

Presented By:

Brad Cox

Brad Cox

Executive Director & Director of Research


Dr. Bradley E. Cox is the Founder and Executive Director of the College Autism Network. He is also an Associate Professor of Higher Education at Florida State University and a Senior Research Associate at FSU's Center for Postsecondary Success. His work seeks to explain and improve the systemic, institutional, and personal conditions that shape college experiences and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.

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Bailey Brogdon

Bailey Brogdon

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Florida State University

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) is dedicated to improving education professionals’ and researchers’ understanding of the field of higher education as a whole. Through its annual meeting, The Review of Higher Education, and various associated publications, ASHE encourages collaboration and the spread of new ideas between its 2000 members and beyond. This year’s conference focuses on Higher Education & The Public Good with the hope of encouraging renewed consideration of the responsibility and role of higher education in the 21st century.

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