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American Journal of Educational Research. 2014, 2(11), 1023-1028
DOI: 10.12691/education-2-11-4
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Enhancing Transition and Empowering Students with Disabilities in Higher Education

Edith F. Miller1, and Julianne Albiero-Walton2

1Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society, 5540 Montauk Lane, Bethlehem, PA 18017, USA

2East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Department of Academic Enrichment & Learning, East Stroudsburg University, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301, USA

Pub. Date: November 02, 2014

Cite this paper:
Edith F. Miller and Julianne Albiero-Walton. Enhancing Transition and Empowering Students with Disabilities in Higher Education. American Journal of Educational Research. 2014; 2(11):1023-1028. doi: 10.12691/education-2-11-4

Abstract

College Achievement Training Seminars is a first-year transition program that consists of a series of 15 non-credit workshops with a mentoring component that pairs the first-year participants with upper-class or graduate mentors who are active members of Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society, the primary collegiate honorary recognizing high-achieving students with disabilities. This qualitative, comparative study examined the first-semester grade point average and first-to-second year retention rates for students with disabilities who successfully completed College Achievement Training Seminars with those who were eligible for and invited to participate but chose not to attend. Participating students had a higher first-semester grade point average and higher first-to-second year retention rates. The mean aggregate retention rate over an eight-year period was 91% for students who completed College Achievement Training Seminars versus 52% for those who did not participate in the program.

Keywords:
transition mentoring retention students with disabilities honor society

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