M.A. Higher Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
College students with disabilities
While there is research detailing the perceptions of the campus environment and their implications on student development, there is limited research that looks at the perceptions of students with disabilities. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand what the perceptions of students with disabilities were of Rowan University's campus environment. This study was completed through semi-structured interviews of students with disabilities which included questioning as well as photo elicitation. Following the collection data, a thematic analysis was conducted. In order to better understand the answer to this question, four themes were created out of a thematic analysis of coded participant interview data. These themes were, in order of determined importance to students with disabilities: a) design of structures, b) a sense of community, c) relationship with authority, and d) natural settings. These findings support the claim that students with disabilities expect their campus environments to provide safety and comfort, but have a different experience.
Colfer, Cassandra Maria, "Unseen, unheard, unknown: Uncovering campus environment messaging for students with disabilities" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 2879.