Publication Date

Spring 2020

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Pamela Petty (Director), Daniel Super, and Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier

Degree Program

Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


The purpose of this research was to determine how stakeholders value the current components of a Postsecondary Autism Program (PSAP). The evaluation assessed the efficacy of the program’s six components and the improvements needed to ensure the desired outcomes were being achieved. A mixed-methods approach using both surveys and focus groups was used to obtain data. The surveys were administered to students who were currently enrolled in the PSAP program and parents of students who were currently enrolled. A focus group format using six questions was administered to the five full-time staff of the PSAP program. The results of the study indicated overall satisfaction with the six components of the PSAP program.

The data allowed the researcher to rank the components that were most helpful according to both students and parents. The data also revealed the stakeholders’ feelings and perceptions by giving the opportunity to comment and make suggestions concerning each area of support and the program overall. The data from these sources can be used to identify areas of strength and those areas in which programming improvements can be made.


Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Social and Behavioral Sciences