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Navigating Challenges to Facilitate Success for College Students with Autism

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Cox, Bradley E. and Edelstein, Jeffrey and Brogdon, Bailey and Roy, Amanda
The Journal of Higher Education, 92(2): 252—278, 2021
Publication year: 2021

Roughly 1 in 59 children in the United States is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a rate that has more than doubled during the last 10 years. As students with autism increasingly pursue higher education, college educators must understand these students’ experiences and actively address issues that affect their college outcomes. This paper draws from interviews with autistic students who have had widely varying experiences and outcomes in higher education. Using an iterative analytic strategy that combined elements of grounded theory, multiple case study, and constant comparative approaches, researchers developed a series of propositions that were subsequently deconstructed and reconstituted as a conceptual model. The resultant conceptual model not only provides a descriptive portrait of how these students experienced interactions with their postsecondary institutions but also outlines specific ways in which tensions between the student and institution manifest as acute problems that students were often able to recognize, sometimes able to reframe, and occasionally able to resolve. The “3R” model can be used to help students and their institutions anticipate, address, and overcome challenges in ways that improve college experiences and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.

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Autism-Specific College Support Programs: Differences Across Geography and Institutional Type

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Nachman, Brett Ranon and McDermott, Catherine Tobin and Cox, Bradley E.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2021
Publication year: 2021

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Many postsecondary institutions have begun their own Autism-Specific College Support Programs (ASPs) to integrate the emergence of autistic students into college and offer supports aiding their success (Longtin in J Postsecond Educ Disabil 27(1):63–72, 2014), yet little is known about these programs. We conducted an exhaustive, year-long search of all postsecondary institutions in the United States to identify all ASPs. Although we identified a total of 74 programs located in 29 states, our analyses suggest these are unavailable to students in large portions of the country. When they are available, these programs appear to be disproportionately located at 4-year institutions, public institutions, and in the Mid-East. Our study highlights inequities based on institutional type and geography, as well as offers a complete public list of ASPs.

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Improving Quantitative Research and Assessment about College Students with Disabilities

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Cox, Bradley E. and Nachman, Brett Ranon
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 33(3): 239—246, 2020
Publication year: 2020
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From grassroots to ‘need to know’: Distributed leadership and data cultures in Florida’s community colleges

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Brower, Rebecca L. and Mokher, Christine G. and Bertrand Jones, Tamara and Cox, Bradley E. and Hu, Shouping
AERA Open, 6(1), 2020
Publication year: 2020

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This multiple case study examines the extent and ways in which leaders and administrators in Florida College System (FCS) institutions engage in distributed leadership through data sharing with frontline staff. Based on focus groups and individual interviews with administrators, faculty, and staff (659 participants) from 21 state colleges, we found a continuum of three data cultures ranging from democratic data cultures to blended data cultures to “need to know” data cultures. We triangulate these results with survey data from FCS institutional leaders and find considerable variation in the extent of data sharing and perceptions of effectiveness of institutional data use. Institutions with democratic data cultures tended to have distributed leadership that encouraged information sharing and collaboration among staff to use data to inform change. Need-to-know institutions faced challenges, including weak data quality, concerns about adequate time and resources among staff for reviewing data, and perceptions that staff lack data literacy skills.

An Exploration of Actionable Insights Regarding College Students with Autism: A Review of the Literature

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Cox, Bradley E. and Nachman, Brett Ranon and Thompson, Kerry and Dawson, Steven and Edelstein, Jeffrey A. and Breeden, Chase
The Review of Higher Education, 43(4): 935—966, 2020
Publication year: 2020

A large and growing population of students with autism is increasingly pursuing higher education. Yet, the field has a remarkably small literature base from which to glean actionable insights that might enhance postsecondary success for this population. Our examination of 13,000 items published in sixteen journals over a sixteen-year period revealed only 21 articles on the topic; none were published in mainstream higher education journals. Our explication of this literature maps the contours of the emerging body of literature on college students with autism, uncovers problematic patterns within that literature, identifies important questions that remain unanswered, and provides explicit guidance for future research on the topic.

Support Systems for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Anderson, Amelia M. and Cox, Bradley E. and Edelstein, Jeffrey and Andring, Abigail Wolz
College Student Affairs Journal, 37(1): 14—27, 2019
Publication year: 2019

Helping Parents with the Initial Diagnosis of Autism: Parent-Informed Guidance for Clinicians

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Smith, Isaac C. and Cox, Bradley E. and White, Susan W.
Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 4(3): 296—306, 2019
Publication year: 2019

Parental Disclosure of ASD Diagnosis to the Child: A Systematic Review

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Smith, Isaac C. and Edelstein, Jeffrey A. and Cox, Bradley E. and White, Susan W.
Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 3(2): 98—105, 2018
Publication year: 2018

Making Disability Visible in Higher Education Research: Documenting Qualitative, Quantitative and Theoretical Issues and Solutions

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Kimball, Ezekiel and Vaccaro, Annemarie and Cox, Bradley E. and Lee, Melanie and Zilvinskis, J. and Wessel, Roger D. and Wells, Ryan S. and Webb, T. and Stapleton, L.. and Peña, Edlyn Vallejo and Newman, Lynn A. and Miller, Ryan A. and Marine, S. and Madaus, Joseph W. and Kraus, A. and Kim, E. and Crawford, L. and Brown, Kirsten R. and Broido, Ellen M. and Banerjee, Manju and Abes, Elisa S. and Locklin, B.
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Publication year: 2018

Changing the Default to Support Open Access to Education Research

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Roehrig, Alysia D. and Soper, Devin and Cox, Bradley E. and Colvin, Gloria P.
Educational Researcher, 47(7): 465—473, 2018
Publication year: 2018

Lip Service or Actionable Insights? Linking Student Experiences to Institutional Assessment and Data-Driven Decision Making in Higher Education

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Cox, Bradley E. and Reason, Robert D. and Tobolowsky, Barbara F. and Brower, Rebecca L. and Patterson, Shawna and Luczyk, Sarah and Roberts, Kari
The Journal of Higher Education, 88(6): 835—862, 2017
Publication year: 2017

College Students in Crisis: Prevention, Identification, and Response Options for Campus Housing Professionals

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Canto, Angela I. and Swanbrow Becker, Martin and Cox, Bradley E. and Hayden, Seth and Osborn, Debra
Journal of College and University Student Housing, 43(2): 44—57, 2017
Publication year: 2017

College Experiences for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Personal Identity, Public Disclosure, and Institutional Support

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Cox, Bradley E. and Thompson, Kerry and Anderson, Amelia and Mintz, Amanda and Locks, Taylor and Morgan, Lindee and Edelstein, Jeffrey and Wolz, Abigail
Journal of College Student Development, 58(1): 71—87, 2017
Publication year: 2017

Bridging the Cultural Gap: Relationships Between Programmatic Offerings and First-Generation Student Benchmarks

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Tobolowsky, Barbara F. and Cox, Bradley E. and Chunoo, Vivechkanand S.
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice: 152102511774237, 2017
Publication year: 2017

Self-Authorship in Student Affairs: A Developmental Paradox

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Shetty, Rebecca and Chunoo, Vivechkanand S. and Cox, Bradley E.
Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 53(2): 131—145, 2016
Publication year: 2016

No Adult Left Behind: Student Affairs Practices Targeting Adult Undergraduates

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Brower, Rebecca L. and Cox, Bradley E. and Hampton, Amber
ACPA Developments, 14(2), 2016
Publication year: 2016

Life Happens (Outside of College): Non-College Life-Events and Students’ Likelihood of Graduation

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Cox, Bradley E. and Reason, Robert D. and Nix, Samantha and Gillman, Megan
Research in Higher Education, 57(7): 823—844, 2016
Publication year: 2016

Hidden Trauma, Quiet Drama: The Prominence and Consequence of Complicated Grief Among College Students

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Cox, Bradley E. and Dean, Jessica G. and Kowalski, Robin
Journal of College Student Development, 56(3): 280—285, 2015
Publication year: 2015

Working with Missing Data in Higher Education: A Primer and Real-World Example

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Cox, Bradley E. and McIntosh, Kadian L. and Reason, Robert and Terenzini, Patrick T.
Review of Higher Education, 37(3): 377—402, 2014
Publication year: 2014

Opposing Forces: An Organizational View of Transfer Policies and Practices

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Tobolowsky, Barbara F. and McClellan, Rhonda and Cox, Bradley E.
College Student Affairs Journal, 32(1): 67—79, 2014
Publication year: 2014
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Rationalizing Neglect: An Institutional Response to Transfer Students

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Tobolowsky, Barbara F. and Cox, Bradley E.
Journal of Higher Education, 83(3): 389—410, 2012
Publication year: 2012

A Developmental Typology of Faculty-Student Interaction Outside the Classroom

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Cox, Bradley E.
New Directions for Institutional Research, 2011(S1): 49—66, 2011
Publication year: 2011

A Culture of Teaching: Policy, Perception, and Practice in Higher Education

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Cox, Bradley E. and McIntosh, Kadian L. and Reason, Robert D. and Terenzini, Patrick T.
Research in Higher Education, 52(8): 808—829, 2011
Publication year: 2011

Pedagogical Signals of Faculty Approachability: Factors Shaping Faculty–Student Interaction Outside the Classroom

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Cox, Bradley E. and McIntosh, Kadian L. and Terenzini, Patrick T. and Reason, Robert D. and Lutovsky Quaye, Brenda R.
Research in Higher Education, 51(8): 767—788, 2010
Publication year: 2010

Faculty and Institutional Factors that Promote Student Encounters with Difference in First-Year Courses

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Reason, Robert D. and Cox, Bradley E. and Quaye, Brenda R. Lutovsky and Terenzini, Patrick T.
Review of Higher Education, 33(3): 391—414, 2010
Publication year: 2010

Importance of Faculty Involvement in Orientation

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Abel, Michael and Bice, Asheley and Cox, Bradley E.
Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 14(2): 25—31, 2007
Publication year: 2007

Faculty-Student Interaction Outside the Classroom: A Typology from a Residential College

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Cox, Bradley E. and Orehovec, E.
Review of Higher Education, 30(4): 343—362, 2007
Publication year: 2007