Date Approved


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Document Type


Degree Name

MA School Psychology


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Allen, Terri

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta


Learning disabled--Education (Higher)--United States


Disability and Equity in Education | School Psychology


An increasing number of students with learning disabilities are enrolled in college and seek support services under ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). According to U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (2015), Digest of Education Statistics, 2013 (2015-011), approximately 11% of students report having a disability. However, although more students attending post-secondary education are receiving accommodations and supports, the retention of these students remains a central concern. A student's ability to self-advocate seems to be one key to academic success. Self-determination and self-efficacy factors are frequently cited as essential to successful transition to college. The current study explored the relationship of locus of control, parental involvement, and student openness with regard to their disability. The results illustrated that in regards to the participant's perception of their disability, there was no significant difference between the students who reported an external locus of control versus the students who reported an internal locus of control.

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