Date of Award


Degree Name

Educational Leadership


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Michael Cunningham

Second Advisor

David Hermon

Third Advisor

Barbara Nicholson

Fourth Advisor

Melisa Reed


This study explores the current ability of higher education to effectively educate and support college students diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder. As the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders increased dramatically during the past decade, it is estimated that tens of thousands of individuals diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder are preparing to enter colleges and universities in the United States. Emerging research details specific service systems and resources necessary to effectively educate and support college students with Asperger’s Disorder. Public, four-year institutions of higher education were surveyed (N=578) to assess their current readiness to use identified best-practice methods of support with this student population. Participants (n=230) reported traditional on-campus disability service programs serve as the primary provider of academic, social and communication, and independent living supports for college students with Asperger’s Disorder. A minority of institutions reported specialized services developed to meet the unique needs of this student population.


Asperger’s syndrome - Education (Higher)