Publication Date

Spring 5-10-2024

Document Type

Action research project: Open access

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


This research focuses on better understanding the unique classroom experiences faced by autistic and neurodiverse students at the University of San Diego (USD) and offers recommendations to improve their college experience. Through a well-studied literature review and data collection through semi structured interviews and focus groups, the overall goal was to have a more holistic understanding of the current support services from faculty and staff that are available for students at USD. The study will provide unique challenges and curated recommendations for students with autism spectrum disorder and neurodiverse identities. This research also identifies specific areas where the USD can make practical modifications to its already existing practices to better neurodiverse students in the classroom, while taking into consideration their unique needs and circumstances.

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