In University life, students and faculty complete evaluations about their educational performances towards the end of the semester. For students with High Functioning Autism who receive comprehensive support for their college career are evaluated by their coaches and the directors.
There are two measures that can be used to define success in post-secondary education:
- Quantitative – Academic Course Grades and GPA’s
- Qualitative – Social and emotional adjustments
We as researchers have developed a qualtrics measurement based on four criteria that measure the following:
- Transitioning along the pathways toward independence.
- Executive functioning that measures time management, organization, and communication skills.
- Social Emotional growth that promotes social interaction and modulation of emotional feelings.
- Employment Readiness to be able to hold a position within ones career successfully and be self-sufficient.
They provide a comprehensive view of students’ growth from freshman to graduation and employment.
Students will also be asked to fill out a self-reflective scale to measure their own perceptions of where they have succeeded and still have challenges. There is a comparative analysis between what is seen by the support services at Oasis and the students’ perspectives. These measurements are taken to keep a detailed analysis from both the student and the support service.
We will examine success rates from the Center for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health, it will enable us to do a comparative analysis on how comprehensive support at universities can expand their operations for their students to succeed.
Last month, I have had the pleasure of attending the 2018 College Inclusion Summit at the Davis Center in the University of Vermont. At the conference, I got to talk about the skills I build to be independent in a student panel, discuss the research I am conducting on Quality Education for students with ASD, and share my autism Claymation video titled, “My Name is David,” which can be found You Tube, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_O0vRTkaaY&t=39s). Being asked to do all of these tasks, I applied the skills I have learned through public speaking, team building, analytical thinking, creativity, negotiation, and leadership. The conference fits very neatly to what I want to do for my future in autism awareness. Below, I have included a picture from the conference.