ERIC Number: ED363038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Factors that Influence the Academic Success of College Students with Disabilities.
Smith, Deborah J.; Nelson, J. Ron
This descriptive study attempted to identify those factors that college students with disabilities view as important to their academic success. Thirty-six college students with disabilities (in the areas of mobility, vision, hearing, and learning) were individually interviewed concerning: (1) demographic information, (2) beliefs about academic performance, and (3) social support and campus climate factors. Students identified six factors under the personal beliefs category: discipline and effort (cited by 100 percent of students), acceptance of their disability (88 percent), personal ambition (72 percent), self-confidence (52 percent), prior knowledge and experience (33 percent), and ability (14 percent). Four social support and climate factors were identified: family support (92 percent), interaction with other students (70 percent), interaction with faculty (30 percent), and university support services (30 percent). Implications of results for university programs serving students with disabilities are discussed. (Contains 38 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Beliefs, College Environment, College Students, Disabilities, Higher Education, Influences, Peer Relationship, Performance Factors, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Social Support Groups, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Motivation, Student Personnel Services, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (71st, San Antonio, TX, April 5-9, 1993).